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

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.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Litt E
Baker MC
Molyneux D
Year of Publication
2012
Journal
Trends in parasitology
Volume
28
Issue
5
Number of Pages
195-201
Language
eng
ISSN Number
1471-5007
Call Number
Litt2012 - NTD
DOI
10.1016/j.pt.2012.03.001
Alternate Journal
Trends Parasitol.
Publication Language
eng