THE highest rates of admissions to psychiatric hospitals last year were in Sligo, Roscommon and Kerry, a report has revealed.
Monaghan had the lowest rate of admissions, the report on Activities of Irish Psychiatric Units and Hospitals showed.
There has been a 21pc decline in admissions in the 10-year period from 2003-2012 – from 23,031 in 2003 to 18,173 in 2012.
The difference in admission rates per county is not explained but is likely to be due to availability of beds; type of community services available; and treatment practices by doctors.
The report revealed:
* The 45-54 year age group was most likely to be admitted.
* The 18-19 year age group had highest rate of first admissions.
* More than half (55pc) of admissions were for singles.
* As with previous years, the unskilled had the highest rate.
* Admissions for depressive disorders, schizophrenia, alcoholic disorders and mania accounted for 69pc of the total.
* Depressive disorders were the most common diagnoses returned for admissions in 2012, making up 30pc of total – and 32pc of first – admissions.
* Schizophrenia accounted for 20.5pc of total – and 13pc of first – admissions.
* Alcoholic disorders were responsible for 7.5pc of total.
* Mania patients accounted for 11.5pc of total.
* There were 397 admissions for under-18s in 2012, a reduction of 38 since 2011.