Can China's new mental health law substantially reduce the burden of illness attributable to mental disorders?

Author: 
Michael R Phillips
Publication date: 
8 June 2013

Can China's new mental health law substantially reduce the burden of illness attributable to mental disorders?


The report by Gonghuan Yang and colleagues1 on the results of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010 (GBD 2010) for China provides clear evidence of the importance of mental disorders in the overall health of the nation. Mental and behavioural disorders accounted for 9·5% of all disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) and 23·6% of all years lived with disability (YLD). Seven of the top 20 causes of YLD are mental disorders: major depressive disorder, alcohol use disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, dysthymia, and drug use disorders...
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