Colin Mathers who leads the Global Burden of Disease group in
WHO has confirmed that, in the 2004 GBD, 13.1% of global Daily
Adjusted Life Years are attributable to mental or neurological
disorders. While the proportions vary very widely from about 10% in
low income countries to over 25% in high income countries, it is
clear that there is a need for understanding how to address this
This volume aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the
public health principles of mental and neurological disorders. This
vast range of health conditions affects people across the life
course, from developmental disabilities in childhood, to
schizophrenia and substance abuse in adults, and dementia in old
age. Despite this diversity, they all share many features: they are
mostly mediated through brain dysfunction or abnormalities, are
often chronic in course, typically benefit from multi-component
interventions, and are amongst the most neglected conditions in
global health. The volume will bring together chapters from the
Psychiatry, Neurology, Substance Abuse and Child Development
sections of the Encyclopedia of Public Health. The volume will be
the first comprehensive text on a public health approach to this
diverse group of health conditions and has no obvious
* Highlights the common features of many mental and neurological
* Provides insights into potential "cross-over" methods of
identification and treatment
* Includes chapters on the most frequently diagnosed mental and
neurological challenges faced by public health systems
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