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The Mystery of 1 in 4

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Where does the oft quoted statistic that 1 in 4 people will, at some point, suffer from a mental illness?  The Neuroskeptic does a fine job of explaining how a report by a big name institution can wrongly assert such a fact - citing to studies which do not support that claim - yet nevertheless become gospel in the ensuing years. 

But there's more than just getting the empirical studies wrong.  As detailed at the Daily Beast by Constantino Diaz-Duran (via Instapundit) it also matters what we're classifying as a mental illness as well. 

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Thanks for the link. As you point out, 1 in 4 is an inaccurate statistic but the real statistics, which are actually higher, are dodgy as well because they rely on classifying mental illness sensibly (which we generally don't do.)

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