Although psychiatric disorders are classified as non-communicable diseases, we believe this classification is too rigid and limiting. We present evidence of the communicability of psychiatric disorders through three major pathways: infectious and ecological, familial, and sociocultural communicability. Successful strategies developed to control the spread of communicable infectious diseases are relevant to curtailing the communicability of psychiatric disorders, thereby reducing their burden. Current interventions and policies that conceptualise psychiatric illnesses as non-communicable mostly focus on the individual. By applying strategies from infectious disease and chronic illness prevention models within a socioecological framework, we posit a broad communicable chronic disease psychiatric illness control plan for effectively treating the patient with the psychiatric disorder (host) as early as possible, providing benefits to their family and the community, and preventing transmission to others.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||The Lancet Psychiatry|
|State||Published - Nov 2018|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by a National Institute of Mental Health Grant U19 MH113203, PRIDE sSA—Partnerships in Research to Implement and Disseminate Sustainable and Scalable Evidence Based Practices in sub-Saharan Africa (FC, LG, MLW, and MAO), the Fogarty International Center and National Institute of Mental Health Grant D43 TW009675—PALOP MH Implementation Research Training (LG, MLW, and MAO), a National Institute of Mental Health Grant P30MH062294, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (SHV), and a National Research Service Award grant T32 MH096724, Global Mental Health Research Fellowship: interventions that make a difference (LH, CSD, JJM, and MLW).
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- Biological Psychiatry