Less than one third of cases of mental health disorder receive treatment in Europe, new research has claimed.
In a study published in the European Neuropsychopharmacology journal, researchers state that each year one in three people in Europe experience a brain disorder but not all receive treatment.
The thesis goes onto claim that the number of people with brain disorders in Europe is set to increase.
"We have to emphasise that the burden of disorder of the brain will likely increase further, simply due to the continuing life expectancy in Europe," the researchers declared, before claiming that extended life expectancy will result in degenerative brain disorders.
While a slight decline in memory is normal in older adults, major changes in mental agility are not, and are possibly the sign of a degenerative condition.
The Society for Women's Health Research claims that women are more likely to experience degenerative mental health illness, as they live longer.
In 2003, a research project showed that women age 65 and older who took a combination hormone therapy of oestrogen plus progestin had twice the rate of dementia than women who did not.
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