Sunday 25 March 2018

Psychiatric admissions are highest in the west

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

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.

Irish Independent

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