Mental Illness And Life Expectancy

Check this out. What you will see is an analysis that demonstrates that people with mental disorders die 8.2 years younger than do those without such afflictions.  

Rather than getting hung up in all the correction factors and “p values,” just picture this fact as a check on your intuition. If I had asked you about these comparative mortality rates, I bet you would have gotten the directionality correct. Probably even the order of magnitude. I would have guessed that people with mental disorders die 10 years younger. BUT…

Bottom Line. To make things really interesting, spend a few minutes pondering another, related question.  


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