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2017 Mental health

 Please pay attention: this is an article from 2017. However, there is a more recent article from 2019
26% of Utrecht residents have one or more mental diseases
One quarter of Utrecht adults aged between 19 and 64 years have at least one chronic mental disease. In almost all cases, these adults experience emotional exhaustion, nervousness or stress.



Half of Utrecht residents with a low level of education have a mental disease
51% of Utrecht residents who have only completed primary education, have at least one chronic mental disease. Highly educated Utrecht residents less often have a mental disease; 22% have at least one.

Utrecht residents with a Moroccan background more often have a mental disease
Half of Utrecht residents with a Moroccan background have a chronic mental disease. Among Utrecht residents with a Surinam, Antillean or Aruban background, this is 32%; among Utrecht residents with a Turkish background, this is 31%. With 24%, Utrecht residents without a migration background less often have chronic mental diseases.

Mental diseases more often occur among single-parent families and single-person households
41% of single parents and 38% of all one-person households have at least one chronic mental disease. Couples less often have a mental disease.



29% of young Utrecht adults experience emotional exhaustion or stress
Three in ten Utrecht residents aged between 18 and 25 years old experience long-term emotional exhaustion, nervousness or stress. Women more often than men experience these problems.

5% of adults have a high risk of mental problems
A small percentage of adults in Utrecht have a high risk of mental problems, such as a depression or anxiety disorder. This risk is higher among Utrecht residents with a non-western background, a low level of education, or single parents with or without children. 10% of adults from Overvecht and 10% of adults from Kanaleneiland have a high risk of mental problems. Residents from Binnenstad less often have a high risk of mental problems.



How is mental health measured?
We asked Utrecht residents if they experienced any chronic physical diseases or chronic mental diseases in the past twelve months. ‘Anxiety disorders’, ‘depression’ and ‘emotional exhaustion, nervousness or stress’ were specifically mentioned separately in the questions submitted to these residents.

The risk of an anxiety disorder or depression is assessed by means of the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale. Mood changes without any clear cause, such as nervousness, desperation, gloominess or restlessness, can be symptoms of a mental disease. The most prevalent of all mental diseases are anxiety disorders and mood disorders. Depression is a mood disorder.



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