IJCRR - 6(18), September, 2014
STUDY OF PSYCHIATRIC CO-MORBIDITY AND ASSOCIATED PSYCHOSOCIAL STRESS IN ATTEMPTED SUICIDE PATIENTS
Author: R. Tara, G. V. Ramana Rao
Introduction: The prevalence rates of suicides are on the raise in the developing countries particularly among farmers, students and the marginalized sections of the society. This imposes great psychological stress to the bereaved families and great economic loss to the nation. Objective: To study the demographic profile and other related details like psychiatric co morbidity, psychosocial stress preceding the event, of attempted suicides in a rural setting. Material and Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted at the General Hospital attached to GSL Medical College, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India. The sample size was 60. Data collection was done by predesigned proforma and health parameters are assessed using the standard research tools like Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview plus (MINI), The presumptive stressful life event scale etc. Results: In this study out of 60 cases of attempted suicides 44 (73.3%) subjects belong to the age group between 15-35 years, 36(60%) are of female gender, 31 (53%) were educated,32(55%) are unskilled workers, 16(26.7%) belong to lower middle class,48(80%) belong to nuclear family, 41(68%)of them consumed organophosphorous poison to kill themselves, 31(55%) of them suffered from psychiatric illness before the attempt,42(73%)had significant life events in the past one year. Conclusion: Majority of the subjects who attempted suicides are young in age, belong to lower socioeconomic status, unskilled workers, had psychiatric co morbidity, illiterates, of rural origin, and the most common mode of the attempt being consumption of organophosphorous poison.
Keywords: Attempted suicide patients, Psychiatric co-morbidity, and psychosocial stress
R. Tara, G. V. Ramana Rao. STUDY OF PSYCHIATRIC CO-MORBIDITY AND ASSOCIATED PSYCHOSOCIAL STRESS IN ATTEMPTED SUICIDE PATIENTS International Journal of Current Research and Review. 6(18), September, 29-34
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