Outlook Regarding Mental Illness In Patients And Caregivers In Eastern Nepal

Authors

  • S. Adhikari B&C Medical College Teaching Hospital and Research Centre, Birtamode, Jhapa, Nepal
  • A. Jha National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jpan.v10i1.40364

Keywords:

attitude, caregiver, mental illness, patient

Abstract

Introduction: Mental health is an integral component of overall health. Various factors along with stigma affect knowledge, perspectives and behavior of the people ultimately affecting help seeking and treatment. The patient and their caregivers are directly involved in overall management and outcome. Hence ascertaining those aspects among them is important and so are aims of this study.

Material And Method: A cross sectional comparative study was carried out among 160 participants (80 patients and 80 caregivers) visiting neuropsychiatry outpatient department of a tertiary care hospital. Data was collected through semi-structured proforma and Attitude towards mental illness questionnaire (modified). Data were analysed by using SPSS version 25 and Microsoft excel.

Results: The socio-demographic profiles between both groups were similar. About 75% from both the groups had good knowledge about mental illness. Almost 60% from both groups had positive perception/attitude regarding mentally ill and mental illness with an only significant difference in relation to rights to mentally ill. More than 70% from both groups had positive attitude regarding help-seeking with only significant difference in view about people with mental illness seeking help from psychiatrist. About 50% from both groups had positive attitude regarding care and treatment.

Conclusion: With good knowledge and positive attitude/perception regarding mental illness, self-stigma persisted regarding some domains. Despite positive attitudes for help-seeking, ambivalent views regarding care and treatment into both groups necessitate easy accessibility and upgrading of mental health services.

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Author Biographies

S. Adhikari, B&C Medical College Teaching Hospital and Research Centre, Birtamode, Jhapa, Nepal

Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of Neuropsychiatry

A. Jha, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

Senior Resident, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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Published

2021-10-14

How to Cite

Adhikari, S., & Jha, A. (2021). Outlook Regarding Mental Illness In Patients And Caregivers In Eastern Nepal. Journal of Psychiatrists’ Association of Nepal, 10(1), 62–71. https://doi.org/10.3126/jpan.v10i1.40364

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