Lancet Psychiatry 2021 Jun 8. Epub 2021 Jun 8.
Division of Translational Epidemiology, Department of Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, USA; Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons; New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, USA. Electronic address:
This scoping review of population-based epidemiological studies was done to provide background information on the prevalences and distribution of psychiatric disorders in Africa for calls to broaden diversity in psychiatric genetic studies. We searched PubMed, EMBASE, and Web of Science to retrieve relevant literature in English, French, and Portuguese from Jan 1, 1984, to Aug 18, 2020. In 36 studies from 12 African countries, the lifetime prevalence ranged from 3·3% to 9·8% for mood disorders, from 5·7% to 15·8% for anxiety disorders, from 3·7% to 13·3% for substance use disorders, and from 1·0% to 4·4% for psychotic disorders. Read More