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May 19, 2010

Mental Health vs Mental Disorders

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Dr Glass (richard.glass@jama-archives.org) is Deputy Editor, JAMA. Dr Glass is also with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

JAMA. 2010;303(19):1978-1979. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.618

In the call for papers for this JAMA theme issue on mental health,1 I noted the irony that in an issue devoted to mental health most of the articles would undoubtedly be about mental disorders, with the simple explanation that mental disorders are the problem and mental health is the goal; and that the goal for the JAMA theme issue on mental health was to “be of assistance to clinicians and policy makers in helping patients, families, and communities move in that positive direction.”1 Readers can now evaluate the extent to which this theme issue achieves that goal. A total of 182 submissions were received for consideration for the theme issue, and 6 major articles, 4 Commentaries, a Cover Story describing the circumstances surrounding Vincent Van Gogh's hospitalizations, a powerful A Piece of My Mind essay, and several book reviews and Medical News & Perspectives pieces are now published in it.

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