Mental Health Autism Disorder Among Children Living

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Topic: Mental Health-Autism Disorder among children living in Poverty Makeah Alasmakh Saint Joseph’s University Neuropsychiatric disorders currently account for the growing global disease burden in health care. These diseases are caused by genetic, environmental and immunological factors play a critical role in the pathogenesis. However, social, economic status also contributes to their prevalence. In this literature review, the correlation between mental health (specifically regarding autism) and low socioeconomic status is going to be discussed. The paper will therefore, explicitly delineate what autism entails and its effect to the affected individuals, family and the entire society at large. As it is, there exists a strong link between poor social, economic conditions and mental illness in many countries. Poverty which is indicated by low levels of education, poor sanitation, debt, abuse of substances and violence are positively linked to poor mental health (Funk et al. 2012). When diagnosed with mental illness, the affected together with family members face challenges associated with high costs of healthcare, low productivity, and poor health. On the other hand, children and adults that live an impoverished life have an increased risk of experiencing trauma, and this is linked to mental disorders (Collins et al., 2010). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration argued that the rate of adults and children being diagnosed with having a
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