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Neglected tropical diseases and mental health: a perspective on comorbidity.

Litt, Elizabeth, Baker, Margaret C and Molyneux, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8537-7947 (2012) 'Neglected tropical diseases and mental health: a perspective on comorbidity.'. Trends in parasitology, Vol 28, Issue 5, pp. 195-201.

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Abstract

Mental health conditions will be the largest contributor to the global health burden by 2030. Our review suggests that neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) predispose individuals to poor mental health. Factors predisposing to poor mental health include stigma and discrimination, exclusion from participating fully in society, reduced access to health and social services, lack of educational opportunities, exclusion from income-generation and employment opportunities, and restrictions in exercising civil and political rights. These characteristics are all features of NTDs, but the mental health of these sufferers has been ignored. This review raises an issue of concern and highlights the opportunities for research by psychiatrists and psychologists on NTDs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Neglected tropical diseases; NTD; mental health
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 680 Tropical diseases (General)
WM Psychiatry > WM 140 Mental disorders (General)
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Disease Control Strategy Group
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2012.03.001
Depositing User: Mary Creegan
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2013 17:24
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:06
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/3301

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