Mental illness is our most pressing health problem – [FT.com]
Depression and anxiety cause more misery than physical illness, poverty or unemployment. They also impose huge economic costs. Yet they are amenable to effective and relatively cheap treatments. In the UK, however, fewer than a third of adult sufferers are treated, compared with 90 per cent of those with diabetes. Only a quarter of children with these mental illnesses receive effective treatment. This undertreatment is unjust and hugely inefficient. It is largely due to continued prejudice and a lack of awareness of the existence of effective treatments. This terrible failure must end now.
This, in sum, is the argument of a compelling new book, Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies, by Professor Richard Layard of the London School of Economics and Professor David Clark of Oxford. The former is a well-known economist. The latter is a psychologist and one of the world’s leading experts on cognitive behavioural therapies.