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The cost to treat brain disorders in Europe has skyrocketed to 798 billion euros or one trillion dollars a year at a time when member nations are suffering with political and economic strife – and the projections are that the aging population is only going to add to those numbers.

A study from the European Brain Council (EBC) said that cases of depression, anxiety, insomnia and dementia will only rise as people live longer. The cost for treating them is going to increase as well. Last month a report was released revealing that almost 40% of the European population suffers from some kind of mental or neurological illness.

“The increasing burden and the associated increasing cost of disorders of the brain is a ticking bomb under the European economy and the EU society as a whole,” said the report by experts in Britain, Germany, Italy, Sweden and across Europe.

Few new drug treatments are on the horizon. Drug companies have been limited by new stricter controls for drugs with an effect on the central nervous system. More pressure is put on government research since the private sector is not encouraged in its efforts.

“Because of the aging European population, degenerative disorders are particularly destined to become more common, such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease and stoke, but anxiety and mood disorders are also very prevalent at high age,” the report stated.

The study took into account over 100 mental and neurological disorders, from headaches to Parkinson’s disease, psychotic disorders to insomnia, and described their economic and social impact as “immense and expanding.”

Source: EBC, Reuters

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