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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
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Common mental health conditions

The most common mental health conditions are depression, anxiety and stress. Depression affects around 1 in 5 people and anxiety about 1 in 10.

More long-term conditions such as schizophrenia and bi-polar affective disorder (manic depression) are also fairly common. Roughly 1 in 100 people will experience one of these conditions.

Substance misuse is another common conditions, with 1 in 3 people being addicted to a substance at any one time.

Amongst older people, the most common mental health condition is dementia. It affects around 1 in 20 people over the age of 65, and 1 in 5 people who are over 80. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease, affecting around 500,000 people in the UK.

Follow the links on the left for a basic overview of these common mental health conditions.

The following links below offer more detailed information and advice on a wide range of mental health conditions:


Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Mental Health Foundation

NHS Local

Common mental health problems