Mental Health Research Paper

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The WHO defines health as "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Mental health is an integral and essential component of health. It is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.(1)
Depression is the most common type of mental illness, affecting more than 26% of the U.S. adult population.(2) It has been estimated that by the year 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of disability throughout the world, second only to ischemic heart disease.(3) Communitybased epidemiological studies conducted in India on mental and behavioral disorders report the
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Hence this study was undertaken to assess the mental health status among MBBS students in Puducherry. In this study the prevalence of CMD among the medical students is found out which indicates the mental health status.

4. Research Question/Hypothesis: The medical students are expected to encounter stress, depression and anxiety more than the general population. What is the status of mental health of MBBS students in a medical college?

5. Objectives:- 1. To assess the mental health status of medical students . 2. To aid the institution in formulating policies to help affected students as required.

6. Materials and Methods:-

I). It involves MBBS students. Type of study : It is a cross sectional questionnaire based study. iii. a.) Inclusion
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Relevant References ( maximum 12 – 15 ) in Vancouver style.
1. WHO | Mental health: strengthening our response [Internet]. WHO. [cited 2015 Nov 8]. Available from:
2. Kessler RC, Chiu WT, Demler O, Walters EE. Prevalence, Severity, and Comorbidity of Twelve-month DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R). Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2005 Jun;62(6):617–27.
3. Lopez AD, Mathers CD, Ezzati M, Jamison DT, Murray CJL. Measuring the Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors, 1990–2001. In: Lopez AD, Mathers CD, Ezzati M, Jamison DT, Murray CJ, editors. Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors [Internet]. Washington (DC): World Bank; 2006 [cited 2015 Nov 8]. Available from:
4. Math S, Srinivasaraju R. Indian Psychiatric epidemiological studies: Learning from the past. Indian J Psychiatry. 2010;52(7):95.
5. Costa EF de O, Rocha MMV, Santos ATR de A, Melo EV de, Martins LAN, Andrade TM. Common mental disorders and associated factors among final-year healthcare students. Rev Assoc Médica Bras. 2014

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