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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 156-159

Prevalence of psychiatric manifestations among medical students

1 Department of Psychiatry, Katuri Medical College and Hospital, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Physiology, Katuri Medical College and Hospital, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Venkata Venu Gopala Raju Srijampana
Department of Physiology, Katuri Medical College and Hospital, Guntur - 522 019, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.140932

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Background: In the modern era because of the poor coping mechanisms of stress, every individual has ample chance of developing one or other psychiatric manifestations in their lifetime. Prevalence rates of psychiatric morbidity and suicides were increasing, particularly among medical students. Aims: This study was aimed to improve the knowledge of psychiatric manifestations and to estimate the prevalence of psychiatric manifestations in medical students. Materials and Methods: A cross-section study was conducted in medical students (n = 100) to assess their psychiatric status. Medical students aged between 18 and 24 years were selected randomly and explained about the study. Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (M.I.N.I.) was used to assess psychiatric status of the medical students. Results: In our study, 34% of the subjects were having major psychiatric manifestations observed were social phobia (13%) and agoraphobia (10%). Both generalized anxiety disorders and hypomanic episodes were observed in 7% of the subjects. Panic disorder with social phobia and social phobia with agoraphobia were observed in 2% of the subjects. Conclusion: Implicating knowledge about the common psychiatric manifestations among medical students will lead to the early presentation of the suffering people to clinician, to get proper treatment of their illness and improve the quality-of-life.

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