Nearly £10 billion is spent every year in Britain to treat people suffering with stress, panic and anxiety disorders and health systems could struggle to bear the rising costs of treating mental disorders, which exceeds more than £112 billion, if steps are not taken to boost investment in research, a new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology reveals.
The study was led by Cambridge University researcher Barbara Sahakian who found that Britain spends over £9.8 billion every year for treating over eight million men, women and children suffering from anxiety disorders.
Professor Sahakian said that one of the common reasons for anxiety problems and depression was stress and strain of modern life which was exacerbated by worries over mounting debt and job security.
"Mental health disorders tend to increase in urban environments, partly due to the stress of urbanisation and the competiveness. Debt is something that causes an increase in mental health disorders. if we don't do something soon we will be overwhelmed by brain disorders. No group of chronic diseases costs the world more than brain disorders", Professor Sahakian said.