More funding needed for mental illness research

07/25/2013 | Reuters

If funding for mental illness research does not reach the same levels as funding for cancer and heart disease, health systems will soon be overwhelmed with the costs of dealing with mental illness and dementia, neuroscientists say in a report published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Brain disorders, including depression and bipolar disease, cost the U.K. health system more than $172 billion each year, the study found. "Diseases need to be ranked according to their economic burden," neuropsychopharmacology professor David Nutt said. "We have an enormous disparity between research investment and the scale of the disorders."

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