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Development and Consequences of common Mental Disorders


Research on the development and consequences of common mental disorders focuses on early indicators of later psychiatric or somatic health problems, and examines how high-risk health trajectories develop and how they can be influenced so that suffering at a later date can be avoided. Major mental health domains include depression, anxiety, and functional somatic symptoms; which are among the disorders with the highest burden of disease worldwide. In addition, these mental health problems are assumed to play a central role in healthy ageing in a broader sense, both as (early) markers of latent health hazards (e.g., allostatic load), and as (co-)determinants of the onset and course of somatic disorders.