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KATE M. SCOTT, Ph.D., Professor and Head of Department of Psychological Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, is pleased to announce the recent publication of this unique book which presents original research from the largest cross-national survey of the epidemiology of mental disorders ever conducted.

It provides the latest findings from the WHO World Mental Health Surveys based on interviews of nearly 150,000 individuals in twenty-six countries on six continents.

The book is arranged by specific disorder, with individual chapters dedicated to presenting detailed findings on the prevalence, onset timing, socio-demographic profile, comorbidity, associated impairment and treatment for eighteen mental disorders. There is also discussion of important cross-national consistencies in the epidemiology of mental disorders and highlighting of intriguing patterns of crossnational variation.

This is one of the most comprehensive summaries of the epidemiology of mental disorders ever published, making it an invaluable resource for researchers, clinicians, students and policy-makers in the fields of mental and public health.


  • PETER DE JONGE, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at the University Medical Center, Groningen.
  • DAN J. STEIN, M.D., Ph.D, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town; Director of the South African Medical Research Council's Unit on Risk and Resilience in Mental Disorders.
  • RONALD C. KESSLER, Ph.D., McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School.
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