WHO: Diagnostic and Management Guidelines for Mental Disorders in Primary Care

Click here to read the guidelines or an excerpt below or download the pdf file.


The World Health Organization is developing a range of clinical tools to assist primary care practitioners (even without psychiatric training) and community health workers (even without advanced medical training) to deal appropriately with the mentally ill persons with whom they come into contact. The first of those tools is this book – a classification of mental and behavioural disorders that guides diagnosis, advises on counselling, recommends treatment and indicates when referral is likely to be necessary. It uses the primary care approach which has been so successfully used in the treatment of physical ill-health around the world.


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