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Study finds high prevalence of severe mental disorders in prisons

September 17, 2019

Researchers have analyzed the cases of 1,328 patients sent to penitentiary psychiatric consultation by the medical services, the most comprehensive study conducted in Spain to date.

The increase of mental pathologies in national and international penitentiary centers has become a major issue. Several Spanish studies note a prevalence of around 10.5% in the case of psychotic disorders and of 76.5% in disorders linked to the consumption of substances, as well as other common pathologies of an affective and anxiety-related nature.

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