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Importance of good mental health

Many General Practice consultations involve helping people with their mental health.  This is every bit as important as physical health and is a part of our holistic approach to caring for our patients and their families at Treetops General Practice. 

The following statistics give an insight into the prevalence of mental health issues in our society today and highlight the importance of discussing any mental health issues with your GP.

Each year, approximately one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness.

About 4% of people will experience a major depressive episode in a 12 month period with 5 % of women and 3% of men affected.

Around 14 % of Australians will be affected by an anxiety disorder in any 12 month period.

About 3 % of Australians are affected by psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia, and involving  a loss of contact with reality during such episodes.

Approximately 2% of Australians will experience some type of eating disorder in their life, with women nine times more susceptible than men.

About 5%  of Australians will experience substance abuse disorders in any 12 month period, with men more than twice as likely as women to succumb.

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