Prevention in Psychiatry: A Narrative Review of Conceptual Basis and Current Status

  • Adarsh Tripathi
  • Kabir Garg
  • Afzal Javed


Psychiatric disorders are among the most common causes of disability and burden worldwide. It has been estimated by the World Health Organization that close to 450 million people worldwide suffer from some sort of psychiatric illness. Even though the psychiatric disorders are usually diagnosed in the early adulthood, it has been found that the usual age of onset is in teens, and then they persist into adulthood, causing major impairments. Thus prevention in mental health is of utmost importance. The current narrative focuses on defining the concept of “preventive psychiatry,” current scientific evidence base and possible future directions of these initiatives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adarsh Tripathi
    • 1
  • Kabir Garg
    • 2
  • Afzal Javed
    • 3
  1. 1.King George’s Medical UniversityLucknowIndia
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryNational Institute of Mental Health and NeurosciencesBengaluruIndia
  3. 3.The Medical CentreNuneatonUK

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