Burden of mental illness is more severe than cancer


A recent study says that mental illness is a heavier burden on society than any type of cancer.

As reported by the Toronto Sun, the average burden of mental illness are 1.5 times more than cancer and seven times larger than infectious diseases. This was delivered by researchers from the Institute for Clinical evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Ontario Public Heath.

“This discovery is surprising, stress apparently is considered worse than the cancer community,” said lead author of the study, Sujitha Ratnasingham.

Stress more easily affects people in the long run since they were young. Some causes of stress among young people is problems such as high school graduation, going to college, getting a job, and marriage.

Ratnasingham admitted that it is quite difficult to cope with the condition of a person’s mental disorder. Some people even decided to end their life because of being too stressful.

In addition to mental illness, other health problems that are considered a burden to life is bipolar disorder, alcoholism, social phobia, and schizophrenia.

“The existence of this research we hope will make people more aware of mental health conditions. Hopefully doctors are also willing to consider mental illness more serious ,” said Ratnasingham.

Ratnasingham added, if you feel sad in a long time until it affects professional life, you should immediately seek further help.