Advances in psychiatric disorder treatment

The recent recognition of the global importance of mental health disorders has put psychiatry firmly on the international health agenda. The World Health Organization has estimated that neuropsychiatric disorders and suicide account for 12.7% of the global burden of disease. Major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, alcohol misuse, and obsessive compulsive disorder account for five of the 10 leading causes of disability in low and middle income countries. In high income countries, dementia is the third most common neurocognitive disorder. Most treatment methods for mental health disorders can be categorized as either somatic psychotherapeutic. Somatic treatments include drugs, electroconvulsive therapy, and other therapies that stimulate the brain trans cranial. Psychotherapeutic treatments include psychotherapy, behavior therapy techniques and hypnotherapy.

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