Mental disorders in Bangladesh: A systematic review

Mohammad D. Hossain, Helal U. Ahmed, Waziul A. Chowdhury, Louis W. Niessen, Dewan S. Alam

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Background: Mental disorders constitute a major public health problem globally with higher burden in low and middle-income countries. In Bangladesh, systematically-collected data on mental disorders are scarce and this leaves the extent of the problem not so well defined. We reviewed the literature on mental health disorders in Bangladesh to summarize the available data and identify evidence gaps.Methods: We identified relevant literature on mental disorders within Bangladesh published between 1975 and October, 2013 through a systematic and comprehensive search. Relevant information from the selected articles was extracted and presented in tables.Results: We identified 32 articles which met our pre-defined eligibility criteria. The reported prevalence of mental disorders varied from 6.5 to 31.0% among adults and from 13.4 to 22.9% among children. Some awareness regarding mental health disorders exists at community level. There is a negative attitude towards treatment of those affected and treatment is not a priority in health care delivery. Mental health services are concentrated around tertiary care hospitals in big cities and absent in primary care.Conclusions: The burden of mental disorders is high in Bangladesh, yet a largely unrecognized and under-researched area. To improve the mental health services in Bangladesh, further well-designed epidemiological and clinical research are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number216
JournalBMC psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 30 2014


  • Bangladesh
  • Comorbidity
  • Depression
  • Management
  • Mental disorders
  • Prevalence
  • Service delivery
  • Systematic review
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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