Community Based Survey on Psychiatric Morbidity in Eastern Nepal

  • Pramod Mohan Shyangwa Department of Psychiatry, BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal.
  • Dhana Ratna Shakya Department of Psychiatry, BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal.
  • Baikuntha Raj Adhikari Department of Psychiatry, BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal.
  • Arun Kumar Pandey Department of Psychiatry, BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal.
  • Nidesh Sapkota Department of Psychiatry, BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal.
  • Binod Kumar Deo Department of Psychiatry, BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal.
  • Surya Raj Niraula Department of Community Medicine, BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal.
Keywords: community survey; mental illness; psychiatric morbidity.


Introduction: Mental health problem is common and ubiquitous. Mental illness cuts across all sections of society, irrespective of socio-economic status. Recent international survey showed a varying prevalence rates ranged (4.7%- 12.0%). The Community study in Nepal yielded prevalence rate of mental illness at 14.0%.

Methods: descriptive, epidemiologic study with systematic randomization sampling.

Results: Of 911 respondents majority was married (76.1%), of age group 20-59 yrs. Overall, 113 (12.4%) respondents had at least one psychiatric disorder and the commonest were: Depression, Anxiety disorders, Alcohol use disorders with 1.9% had seizure/epilepsy.

Conclusions: Community prevalence rate of some common psychiatric disorders is high which calls for special attention to address depressive and alcohol related disorder from all quarters of society particularly from government. 

Keywords: community survey; mental illness; psychiatric morbidity.


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How to Cite
Shyangwa, P. M., Shakya, D. R., Adhikari, B. R., Pandey, A. K., Sapkota, N., Deo, B. K., & Niraula, S. R. (2014). Community Based Survey on Psychiatric Morbidity in Eastern Nepal. Journal of Nepal Medical Association, 52(196), 997-1004.
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