Table of Contents: Mental Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries


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Between October 2009 and February 2010 PLoS Medicine published a seven part series of articles proposing "packages of care" for mental, neurological, and substance-use disorders in low- and middle-income countries. In the introduction to the series, Guest Editors Vikram Patel and Graham Thornicroft explain that a large mental health "treatment gap" exists, in which 90% of people with these mental health disorders in the developing world go untreated. Neerja Chowdary and colleagues then discuss the treatment of depression, a leading neuropsychiatric cause of the global burden of disease. In their article, Caroline Mbuba and Charles Newton examine the treatment gap for epileptic patients, while Jair de Jesus Mari and colleagues' paper highlights care for people with schizophrenia. In the fifth paper in this collection, Vivek Benegal and colleagues examine the treatment of alcohol use disorders, followed by Martin Prince and colleagues' article on the treatment of dementia. In the final paper in this collection, Alan Flisher and colleagues discuss packages of care for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Packages of Care for Depression in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Vikram Patel, Gregory Simon, Neerja Chowdhary, Sylvia Kaaya, Ricardo Araya

Packages of Care for Schizophrenia in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Jair de Jesus Mari, Denise Razzouk, Rangaswamy Thara, Julian Eaton, Graham Thornicroft

Packages of Care for Dementia in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Martin J. Prince, Daisy Acosta, Erico Castro-Costa, Jim Jackson, K. S. Shaji

Packages of Care for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Alan J. Flisher, Katherine Sorsdahl, Sean Hatherill, Sonia Chehil