Despite widespread pessimism about mental disorders in public health circles, much can be accomplished by applying present means. We have unequivocal evidence for the effectiveness of pharmacological, psychosocial, and combined treatments in depression (9,.19 and anxiety disorders,'!!!2) as well as for specific interventions to prevent certain developmental disorders (iodinization of salt, environmental lead abatement, immunizations, perinatal care, and so on). (13)
The single most important issue is to give priority to mental health around the world. In the words of Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali:
... Medical and social issues which are often viewed separately must be dealt with as a whole... the priority of mental health must be heightened... resources must expand... responsibilities must be recognized more completely.
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