Bandelow, B., & Michaelis, S. (2015). Epidemiology of anxiety disorders in the 21st century. Dialogues in clinical neuroscience, 17(3), 327.
The authors of this article were able to list the various types of anxiety disorders and stated that they are among the most prevalent cases of mental illness. The authors suggested that anxiety disorders involve high cost of treatment and the disorder accounts for increased burden of disease in the population.
Additionally, the authors indicated that there is no original proof established concerning the dynamics in prevalence rates. Additionally, the authors explained that the health care providers give the patients with anxiety disorders minimum attention while they receive treatment as outpatients.
In this article, the authors were able to disclose that the prevalence rates of anxiety disorders naturally declines as individuals advance in age. As a result, this implies that in the old age, anxiety disorders become less frequent. Moreover, the authors of this article suggested that conducting community surveys is advantageous in providing sufficient data on the anxiety disorders present in the population and hence the results are possible to generalize for the entire population. The authors attributed that cultural differences do not affect the prevalence rates of anxiety disorders. Furthermore, the authors were able to state that anxiety disorders correlated with other mental illness and hence showed high comorbidity.
In my point of view, the authors elaborated clearly on the epidemiology of anxiety disorder in the current century. The prevalence rates are also statistically insignificantly different from the 20th century. I also agree with their findings that anxiety disorders become less frequent as age advances.
Canli, T. (2014). Reconceptualizing major depressive disorder as an infectious disease. Biology of mood & anxiety disorders, 4(1), 10.
The author of the article explained that major depressive disorder results from pathogens, which include bacteria and virus. Moreover, the author postulates that the human body provides the environment where the pathogenic microorganisms thrive and bring about the depressive disorders. Furthermore, the author of the article argues that major depressive disorder is the common mental disease.
The author elaborated that pharmacological treatment techniques are still similar as the past. Furthermore, the author suggested that major depressive disorder may be perceived or understood as another form of contagious infection. The author has explained how patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder also show symptoms of sickness and hence argues that major depressive disorder is an infectious disease. Besides, the author was able to explain how the pathogenic microorganisms like the virus and bacteria alter the emotional behavior of individuals infected.
In my opinion, the author’s argument was based on evidence and hence considers it as relevant. The author’s work still needs more elaboration from the conducted research studies and hence opens a gap filled by future researchers on the same field.
Joel Paris, M. D. (2013). Personality disorders begin in adolescence.
The author of this article elaborated that the health care providers have been reluctant in diagnosing the personality disorders among the adolescents and hence contributed to fewer discoveries of other mental disorders that begin at the adolescent stage. The author explained the need to diagnose and treat personality disorder at initial stages to avoid extreme effects at a later stage. The article explained further that personality disorders start at a tender age and hence necessary to diagnose and treat.
According to me, the author explained that personality disorders start in pubertal stages and hence necessary to diagnose the disease and treat it. I agree with the author for the need to treat personality disorder at initial stages to avoid future complications and burden in the health care.