List of tables and ®gure: Report two
Mental disorders are major causes of disability and premature death, especially in working adults. The ``Global Burden of Disease'' study1 for the World Bank and World Health Organization estimated that mental disorder is responsible for 38% of all years lived with a disability in females and 25% in males, in the established market economies. While the severe ``psychotic'' mental illnesses are often highly disabling to sufferers, they are also relatively rare in the general population. The majority of the burden of mental illness derives, in fact, from the less severe but far more numerous ``neurotic disorders'' or ``common mental disorders'', and it is this latter category that provides the focus for this report.