What are DALYs?
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates below represent broad categories of diseases/disorders and the percentage that each category contributes to total U.S. DALYs.
Neuropsychiatric disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S., followed by cardiovascular and circulatory diseases and neoplasms.
- The neuropsychiatric disorders category includes:
- Mental and behavioral disorders, which account for 13.6 percent of total U.S. DALYs; and,
- Neurological disorders, which account for 5.1 percent of total U.S. DALYs.
US Burden of Disease Collaborators. The state of US health, 1990-2010: burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors. JAMA, 310(6): 591-608, 2013.