|Psychiatric epidemiology traditionally lags behind other branches of epidemiology because of difficulties encountered in conceptualizing and measuring mental disorders. It is very difficult to accurately study mental illness conceptualization, etiology, and prevalence, and current techniques are relatively poor. Two areas of concern of psychiatric epidemiology today, are the high estimates of mental illness that many studies produce and the difference in results between studies. The common technique for psychiatric epidemiology research today is structured interviewing, a technique in which a series of questions is administered by lay interviewers to determine whether an individual is disordered or normal.
International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience is one of the top Psychiatric epidemiology journals. The journal presents an education series providing updates relevant to emergency mental health, as well as, an ongoing annotated research review of relevant papers published elsewhere thus making the Journal a unique and even more valuable reference resource.