Closing the Treatment Gap for Mental Disorders

Authored by: Vikram Patel , Mirja Koschorke , Martin Prince

Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415778480
eBook ISBN: 9780203832721
Adobe ISBN: 9781136838330


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An analysis of the treatment gaps for mental disorders must begin with an acknowledgement that mental disorders cover a wide range of conditions affecting people across the life course and that the distinctions between psychiatric and neurological disorders, widely ingrained in specialist medical contexts, have little relevance in the global health context (Table 37.1). Table 37.1 Major mental disorders across the life course


Mental retardation

Conduct and behaviour disorders (e.g. ADHD)

Other neurodevelopmental disabilities (e.g. autism)


Mood disorders (e.g. depression)

Substance use disorders (e.g. alcohol abuse)


Mood disorders

Psychotic disorders (e.g. schizophrenia) Substance use disorders

Older people


Mood disorders

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