Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría
Print version ISSN 0034-7450
CAMPO-ARIAS, Adalberto and CASSIANI MIRANDA, Carlos Arturo. The Most Frequently Diagnosed Mental Disorders: Prevalence and Associated Socio-demographical Factors. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2008, vol.37, n.4, pp. 598-613. ISSN 0034-7450.
Introduction: Mental disorders are a major challenge and a priority in modern public health because of its important morbidity in primary care and significant disability. Objetive: To analyze any mental disorder whose life-time prevalence has been described. Results: It appears that low educational level, a recent drop in income, and poor housing are the socio-economic variables that were significantly associated with an increase in the prevalence of mental disorders, after adjusting for other confounding variables. Conclusions: Mental disorders are one of the ten major causes of disability worldwide, however, the rate of persons with mental disorder receiving adequate treatment is very low. It may be due to barriers such as stigma. Community and government actions are needed to approach mental disorders.
Keywords : Mental disorders; prevalence; epidemiology; review.