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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 88-94

Psychiatric morbidity in geriatric people

1 Department of Psychiatry, MGIMS, Sevagram, Wardha, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, IMS, BHU, Varanasi (UP), India

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Prashant Tiple
Rahul Nagar, Ghutkala Ward, P.O. and P.S. Bhadrawati, District Chandrapur, Maharashtra;
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.31596

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Background: The number of geropsychiatric patients is increasing but sufficient work has not been done in this area in many parts of India. Aim: This study explored the sociodemographic profile and clinical characteristics of patients aged 60 years and above, attending the psychiatric services of Institute of Medical Sciences and geropsychiatric patients of Mumukshu Bhavan (old age home) in Varanasi from September 1998 to September 1999. Methods: For the screening of psychiatric patients at Mumukshu Bhavan the Indian Psychiatric Survey Schedule was used. DSM-IV criteria were used for the diagnosis of patients and Chi-square test with Yate correction and Z-test were used for statistical analysis. Results: Depressive disorders were the most common psychiatric illnesses. Many patients had associated physical illnesses and among them hypertension was the most common. Family jointness was adequate for most of the patients. Objective social support was moderate for the majority of patients but perceived social support was poor. Patients of Mumukshu Bhavan perceived their social support to be either moderate or good. Conclusion: Depressive disorder was the most common psychiatric illness and among the physical illnesses hypertension was the commonest. People living in the old age home felt better than those who lived with their children's family.



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