People with bad backs found more likely to develop mental disorders

The 1.8 million Australians with dodgy backs are more likely to experience psychological distress and mental disorders, new figures show.

The figures were revealed today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) in a web-based snapshot of back problems.

One in 11 Australians, or 1.8 million people, had back problems in 2007-08 and were 2.5 times more likely to experience affective disorders such as depression, the data showed.

"People with bad backs more likely to develop mental disorders" - Herald Sun

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