Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Thirty-Seven Percent of all Psychiatric Patients Come from Amsterdam

Of all those people in the Netherlands who suffer from psychiatric problems, 37% come from Amsterdam. This was discovered by Jaap Peen, a researcher at the Amsterdam Institute for Mental Health (GGZ) Arkin). Peen presented his doctoral thesis this week at the Amsterdam Free University. He mentioned that such problems may derive from the physical circumstances of urbanization such as noise, poor housing and pollution. Safety and social cohesion may play a role.

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