Divorced and separated people are more likely to be admitted to mental institutions than those whose partnerships remain intact, according to the Health Research Board.
In its latest report on the psychiatric services, the body says the highest rate of admissions during 2005 was among the 45-54 age group.
People suffering from depression accounted for almost one-third of admissions, while schizophrenia accounted for 20% and alcoholic disorders 14%.
Overall admissions for the year were down by just over 5% compared to 2004.
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