What is the global risk for affective disorders?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Helgason examined the entire Icelandic birth cohort of 1895-97 with periodic follow-up until cohort individuals reached age 74-76 years. The lifetime estimates of risk for any affective disorder were 14.8% for females and 9.8% for males. [48] The WorldHealthOrganization(WHO) collaborative study on the assessment of depressive disorders found considerable similarity in depressive symptomatology across cultures in Canada, Iran, Japan, and Switzerland. [49]


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