Mental and behavioural disorders were diagnosed more than a year earlier

In 2017, the number of diagnoses of mental and behavioural disorders increased 2% compared to 2016.

According to the data collected from psychiatric service providers, 101,720 persons were consulted for the first time or repeatedly by psychiatrists in 2017. There were a quarter more women than men among the psychiatrists’ patients, but twice as many boys as girls.

93,056 persons were diagnosed with a mental or behavioural disorder, of which 27,050 were new cases, i.e. 5% more than in 2016. In recent years the number of persons directed to hospital treatment has been decreasing and there were percentage less hospitalized persons than a year earlier. The average duration of hospital treatment was 18 days as in the last few years.

The most frequently diagnosed mental and behavioural disorders are neurotic and stress-related disorders, and mood disorders (including depression). In 2017 these diagnoses were registered accordingly in 25% and 21% of cases. A third of new cases were diagnosed as neurotic and stress-related disorder: the incidence rates were almost 6 cases per 1000 men and 8 cases per 1000 women. As for women, the second most frequent diagnosis group of new cases was mood (affective) disorders — almost 6 cases per 1000 women. The second frequent mental and behavioural disorder for men was due to use of psychoactive substance (alcohol, narcotic substances), from which a fifth of men consulted by a psychiatrist suffered. There were almost four times more men than women with such a diagnosis with more than 4 first-time cases per 1000 men registered. In 2017, 69% of the mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance were due to use of alcohol and 15% due to use of opioids.

The statistics on mental and behavioural disorders in 2017 has been published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database of National Institute for Health Development. The data is accessible under the database topics "Morbidity" -> "Mental and behavioural disorders".