Disability highest for schizophrenia and personality disorde
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Schizophrenia and personality disorders are the most disabling mental health conditions to live with, according to scientists from The University of Queensland.

A Danish-Australian research team studied a cohort of 6.9 million Danish residents in the Danish Psychiatric Central Research Register to understand the burden of disability associated with 18 mental and substance use disorders.

Researchers found that schizophrenia and personality disorders were the most disabling mental conditions and showed how disorders like autism, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia contribute to disability at different ages.

"Our new measure known as the Health Loss Proportion (HeLP) allows us to measure the average disability for different disorders at the individual level, which means that individuals who experience more inherent disability, and more comorbid conditions, will have a higher HeLP weighting, and therefore a higher measure of disability," say the investigators.

The team hopes that future register-based studies will create new knowledge about how comorbidity contributes to global disease burdens and apply this new method to disorders of interest.

The Lancet Psychiatry
Source: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(21)00029-8/fulltext
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