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Anxiety, Depression and Barriers to Mental Health Services among patients with Neurological disorders: Brief report from a tertiary care centre in South India


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Consultant, Department of Palliative Care and Psycho-oncology, Tata Medical Center, Newtown, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Assistant Professor, St John's Medical College and Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
4 Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Raviteja Innamuri,
Room No. 202, Office of Unit 2, Department of Psychiatry, Mental Health Centre, Besides Bagayam Police Station, Bagayam, Vellore - 632 002, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/amh.amh_177_21

There is high prevalence of psychological distress in patients diagnosed with neurological disorders. A cross-sectional study was done among inpatients from the department of neurology in a tertiary care centre in South India to assess prevalence of anxiety, depression, and barriers to mental health-care utilization. Anxiety and depression were estimated using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). There is a high prevalence of psychological distress among the study participants. Proactive inquiry and screening of distress by the treating team may help identify psychological distress. Patients are more conforming and open to treating doctor. Barriers to mental health-care utilization included stigma, patient perception regarding treating doctor's attitude, patients' perception regarding distress, and doctor's perception regarding patient distress. There is a need for measures to alleviate stigma.


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