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Moving towards a population health approach to the primary prevention of common mental disorders

Jacka, Felice, Mykletun, Arnstein and Berk, Michael 2012, Moving towards a population health approach to the primary prevention of common mental disorders, BMC medicine, vol. 10, pp. 1-6.

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Title Moving towards a population health approach to the primary prevention of common mental disorders
Author(s) Jacka, Felice
Mykletun, Arnstein
Berk, Michael
Journal name BMC medicine
Volume number 10
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012-11-27
ISSN 1741-7015
Keyword(s) anxiety
etiology
common mental disorders
diet
depression
lifestyle
physical activity
prevention
risk
smoking
Summary There is a need for the development of effective universal preventive approaches to the common mental disorders, depression and anxiety, at a population level. Poor diet, physical inactivity and smoking have long been recognized as key contributors to the high prevalence noncommunicable diseases. However, there are now an increasing number of studies suggesting that the same modifiable lifestyle behaviors are also risk factors for common mental disorders. In this paper we point to the emerging data regarding lifestyle risk factors for common mental disorders, with a particular focus on and critique of the newest evidence regarding diet quality. On the basis of this most recent evidence, we consequently argue for the inclusion of depression and anxiety in the ranks of the high prevalence noncommunicable diseases influenced by habitual lifestyle practices. We believe that it is both feasible and timely to begin to develop effective, sustainable, population-level prevention initiatives for the common mental illnesses that build on the established and developing approaches to the noncommunicable somatic diseases.
Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Language eng
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Jacka et al.
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