Chapter 17. Common Mental Disorders

  1. Craig Morgan and
  2. Dinesh Bhugra
  1. Christoph Lauber

Published Online: 28 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch17

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

How to Cite

Lauber, C. (2010) Common Mental Disorders, in Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition (eds C. Morgan and D. Bhugra), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch17

Editor Information

  1. NIH Biomedical Research Centre and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Population and Behavioural Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470697139

Online ISBN: 9780470684214



  • common mental disorders;
  • depression, anxiety and related common psychiatric disorders;
  • ‘common mental disorders’ (CMDs);
  • nonpsychotic or neurotic disorders - manifesting with a mixture of somatic, anxiety and depressive symptoms;
  • WHO multinational study of prevalence, nature and determinants of CMDs - in general medical care settings;
  • sociodemographic variables, associated with CMD;
  • mental health service use;
  • common mental disorders and economic impact;
  • CMDs, contributors to burden of disease in developing countries;
  • vulnerable groups and relationship to CMDs - causal relationships between CMDs and factors related to CMDs


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Definition: what are Common Mental Disorders?

  • Epidemiological Findings

  • Risk Factors for Common Mental Disorders

  • Mental Health Service Use

  • The Economic Impact of Common Mental Disorders

  • An International Perspective on the Relationship between Society, Culture and Common Mental Disorders

  • Common Mental Disorders and the Social Environment

  • Public Health Implications

  • Future Research

  • References