From the Editor
When we think about mental illness, we often think about loss – loss of friendships, loss of opportunities, and, in some cases, loss of life.
From a societal perspective, mental illness is often accompanied by another loss: economic.
Here are two papers that consider the long economic shadow cast by mental illness.
In the first, the authors consider mental illness and high-use consumers of health care. Specifically, the paper asks a simple if important question: looking at people who heavily use the health-care system, what percentage have mental health and addiction problems? The second paper, which draws on US data, calculates the cost of treating mental health disorders compared to other disorders.