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Why should mental health problems be detected early?

Early and accurate detection of mental health problems followed by an appropriate treatment and management plan directed towards recovery and return to work would help to reduce the global burden on health and social care systems caused by mental disorders. Work in the field of psychotic disorders has clearly shown that early intervention not only helps towards quick and full recovery, but also leads the person to better reintegration into the society.

Our emphasis should therefore be to establish systems in every corner of the world to help identify people with mental health problems at the earliest opportunity and provide appropriate interventions. One way to approach this problem is to take advantage of modern technology such as computer assisted methods to scale up human resources available in the area of health and social well being, particularly in low and middle income countries.

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