Monday, December 8, 2008

Should Mental Health be Integrated into Primary Care?

Mental disorders affect millions around the world, which are often fundamentally linked to a number of physical ailments such as cancer, heart disease and AIDS.
Mental Illness
According to NIMH estimates, about 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older that's about one in four adults suffering from a mental disorder in a given year. And these figures translate into 57.7 million people afflicted with mental disorders, considering the 2004 U.S. Census. Despite the widespread prevalence of mental illness across the word, there's a huge gap between the number of people affected and those who get treatment, which often requires prescription of pharmaceutical drugs. This is true for all countries. A recent report by the WHO titled “Integrating mental health into primary health care: a global perspective,” suggests integrating mental health into primary care, citing many benefits and justifications.

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