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Introduction: Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is the most prevalent psychiatric disorders among general population. According to WHO it will be 2nd most disabling disease by 2020 after Ischemic Heart Disease.MDD has recurring and relapsing course and causes significant functional impairment. Aims & Objective: To assess association between severity of depression and functional impairment as per patient’s and relative’s view.
Context: Attitudes of paramedical and medical professionals to psychiatric illnesses are important for referral and use of mental health facilities by general people. Knowledge of psychiatric disorders and experience of working with psychiatric patients may be responsible for positive attitudes. Aims: The aim was to assess attitude toward different mental illnesses among different paramedical professionals and to know the impact of education and work experience on attitudes toward mental illnesses.
Introduction: Major depressive disorder is widely prevalent in the general population and depression in geriatric patients is quite common. Increasing geriatric population in the country coupled with lack of awareness of depression and therefore lack of adequate care may lead to the suffering of the elderly people. We attempted to study depression in geriatric patients and the associated risk factors. Aims: Our aim was to study characteristics and associated risk factors of depression in geriatric patients attending the psychiatry outpatient department (OPD) for the first time.
Work environment is one of the key factors responsible for stress in human life. Different aspects of working conditions affect person’s work. Work stress in turn leads to psychiatric problems. Doctors and nurses are prone to be affected by work stressors as their work includes more human interactions. Methods: It is a cross sectional observational study conducted at a Medical College affiliated General Hospital. Total 400 subjects were surveyed for this study including 200 doctors and 200 nurses with equal gender distribution. Subjects were interviewed in groups and asked to fill up self-rated questionnaires during the interview.
Teachers can be trained in early identification of possible mental illness and referral which is well-established in the west and lacking in India. Hence, we attempt to study the knowledge and attitudes of secondary school teachers toward mental illness and probable gender differences in these measures. Materials and Methods: Five hundred and twenty teachers from English medium schools of Ahmedabad city were assessed by a self-reported, predesigned and pretested 25 item questionnaire, the first 15 of which assessed their knowledge about mental illnesses and the remaining 10 pertained to negative attitudes.