May 1979

Psychiatric Disorders in Two African Villages

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Oxford (England) University (Dr Orley), and the Medical Research Council Social Psychiatry Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, London (Dr Wing).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1979;36(5):513-520. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1979.01780050023001

• Adults in two small Ugandan villages were interviewed, using a standard psychiatric examination and standard methods of case identification and diagnosis. Twenty percent had disorders just above threshold level, and a further 5% had more definite disorders. Most of these conditions were depressive, but hypomanic and anxiety states were also represented. A survey of women in southeast London found only half this frequency of disorders. Further studies are required to confirm these results.