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Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Top Causes of Disability

 Washington, Aug 30.- Mental and substance abuse disorders were together responsible for more deaths and illness than HIV/ AIDS and tuberculosis, diabetes, or traffic accidents, says a study published in The Lancet.

The study led by experts from the University of Queensland, Australia, found that mental and substance use disorders were the fifth leading contributor to death and disease worldwide.

"Our findings show the striking and growing challenge that these disorders pose for health systems in developed and developing regions," the researchers said to The Lancet.

The overall findings show striking differences between world regions for some of the disorders analysed, and that both mental disorders and psychiatric disorders increased in the last decade, especially in developing nations.

The results of this research have significant implications for the public health agenda, as the increase in life expectancy will mean more people with mental illnesses and disorders related to substance use will live for a longer period of time, according to the paper.(Prensa Latina)