Global Prevalence of Diseases and Disorders

  • Published27 Apr 2012
  • Reviewed27 Apr 2012
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

Neuroscience progress is critical to help address more than 1,000 diseases and disorders that cause hardship for almost a billion families worldwide and many billions of dollars in medical expenses and lost productivity.

These diseases affect people of all ages across the globe and know no party or political affiliation. They include:

  • Early developmental and cognitive disorders such as autism and fragile X syndrome,
  • Conditions that often develop in midlife, such as depression, anxiety, and addiction, as well as neurological problems, such as paralysis and TBI.
  • Diseases of aging, such as macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.

World Health Organization: Neurological Disorders: Public Health Challenges

World Health Organization: Mental Health Economic Impact Study

World Health Organization: Global Burden of Disease 



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