Twelve-month prevalence, comorbidity and correlates of mental disorders in Germany: the Mental Health Module of the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults (DEGS1-MH)

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This paper provides up to date prevalence estimates of mental disorders in Germany derived from a national survey (German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults, Mental Health Module [DEGS1-MH]). A nationally representative sample (N = 5318) of the adult (18-79) population was examined by clinically trained interviewers with a modified version of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (DEGS-CIDI) to assess symptoms, syndromes and diagnoses according to DSM-IV-TR (25 diagnoses covered). Of the participants 27.7% met criteria for at least one mental disorder during the past 12 months, among them 44% with more than one disorder and 22% with three or more diagnoses. Most frequent were anxiety (15.3%), mood (9.3%) and substance use disorders (5.7%). Overall rates for mental disorders were substantially higher in women (33% versus 22% in men), younger age group (18-34: 37% versus 20% in age group 65-79), when living without a partner (37% versus 26% with partnership) or with low (38%) versus high socio-economic status (22%). High degree of urbanization (> 500,000 inhabitants versus < 20,000) was associated with elevated rates of psychotic (5.2% versus 2.5%) and mood disorders (13.9% versus 7.8%). The findings confirm that almost one third of the general population is affected by mental disorders and inform about subsets in the population who are particularly affected.


Seiten (von - bis)304-19
FachzeitschriftInternational journal of methods in psychiatric research
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Sept. 2014

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PubMedCentral PMC6878234
Scopus 84925354718
ORCID /0000-0001-7646-8265/work/142232656


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  • Adolescent, Adult, Age Distribution, Aged, Comorbidity, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Female, Germany/epidemiology, Health Surveys, Humans, Interview, Psychological, Male, Mental Disorders/diagnosis, Middle Aged, Prevalence, Sex Distribution, Substance-Related Disorders/diagnosis, Young Adult