Sabbani Madhuri*, Gajula Babitha, Dr. Pulluru Manjula and Dr. Bandari Jagadeesh Babu


Introduction: This study reveals the incidence and prevalence, treatment strategy, associated risk factors that affects the quality of life in psychiatric patients. This prospective observational study was carried out for a period of six months from January 2017 to September 2017 at psychiatric out-patient department. Patients of age above 10 years and who were able to respond to the questionnaire were included in the study. Pregnant women and patients who were aggressive and violent were excluded in this study. Out of 786 patients 24.9% were diagnosed as patients of depression which was most common, followed by 21.5% of schizophrenia patients. According to American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV) some common serious mental disorders associated with chronic drug abuse include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, manic depression, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder. This study stresses the critical need for taking necessary steps toward minimizing poor outcomes related to lack of compliance in drug therapy. Patient education regarding the disease and awareness may reduce the prevalence and recurrence of the disease conditions.

Keywords: Psychiatric patients, DSM-IV, APA Guidelines.

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