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Reconceptualising the treatment gap for common mental disorders: A fork in the road for global mental health?

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Tessa Roberts, Georgina Miguel Esponda, Costanza Torre, Pooja Pillai, Alex Cohen, Rochelle Ann Burgess

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-557
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume221
Issue number3
DOIs
Published22 Sep 2022

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Funding Information: This study received no specific grant from any funding agency, commercial or not-for-profit sectors. However, T.R. is supported by an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) post-doctoral fellowship (ES/T007125/1). Publisher Copyright: Copyright © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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In this analysis, we argue that the 'treatment gap' for common mental disorders often reflects lack of demand, arising because services fail to address the needs of disadvantaged communities. We propose a route forward for global mental health, with explicit focus on action on the socioeconomic determinants of psychological suffering.

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