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Mental morbidities: prevalence and health seeking behavior

Authors:Dadwani Roma S , Tintu Thomas
Int J Biol Med Res. 2014; 5(3): 4186-4189  |  PDF File


Mental health and wellbeing constitutes important challenges for mankind. Though mental health is an integral component of total health, for several reasons mental health care has remained a grossly neglected. Objectives: 1)To estimate the prevalence of mental morbidities and its association with various factors 2)To find out the health seeking behavior among study population. Materials and Methods: A cross sectional study was carried out through house to house visits on 1600 randomly selected people of all age group in urban field practice area of C. U .Shah medical college, Surendranagar. Results: Overall prevalence of mental morbidity was 5.7%. The prevalence rate for Anxiety, psychosis and mood disorders were found to be 2.4% ,0.8% and 2.1 % respectively. The prevalence of mental morbidities were higher in females as compared to Males (p<0.05).Types of family and overcrowding were significantly associated with mental morbidity(P<0.05). From the total diagnosed cases, only 26.7% were found on treatment and majority were seeking treatment from faith healer.