Abstract

Objective: Mental disorders are one of the most frequent disor¬ders in the world. The mental health of prisoners is a major issue of public health. Methods: A cross-sectional study carried at three prisons in Baghdad. All prisoners, both gender were included, using stratified random sampling technique. Socio-demographic variables were collected using an information list filled during the interview. Prisoners' mental state was checked by self-reporting questionnaires scale (SRQ-20). Positive SRQ-20 test prisoners were selected for administration of the DSM-IV Structured Interview by a consultant psychiatrist. Results: Participation rate was 70%; mean age 33.9±7.17 years, bout 50% of prisoners stay in prison between 5-10 years. The prevalence of psychiatric morbidity was 749 (73.9%); obsessive compulsive disorder 1.5%, posttraumatic stress disorder 1.6%, schizophrenia 3.2%, panic disorder 4.8%, generalized anxiety disorder 7.2%, psychosis 9.2%, personality disorder 10.5%, depression 11.9%, and substance abuse 50.1%. Conclusion: The study shows high psychiatric morbidity among Iraqi prisoners that need further attention.

How to Cite
JOODAH RHEMAH AL ABBUDI, MUSHTAQ TALIB HASHIM, Shalan. Pattern of Psychiatric Morbidity and Substance Abuse among Iraqi Prisoners. Global Journal of Medical Research, [S.l.], sep. 2019. ISSN 2249-4618. Available at: <https://medicalresearchjournal.org/index.php/GJMR/article/view/1827>. Date accessed: 22 sep. 2019.

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