National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-SciencesDepartment of psychiatry, NIMHANS
Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Questionnaire for Health workersSL #Item Yes No1
Mental illness is curable
Mentally ill individuals need support and care by the family
Mental illness is due to evil spirit, black magic and wrath of Gods
Behavior disturbances seen in mentally ill person are related tostrange experiences and thinking disturbance consequent toneurochemical changes in the brain.
Very effective and safe drugs are available to treat mental illness
Adiagnosis of mental illness is made based on history and mentalstate examination alone
Mental disorders are inherited
Strange or altered behavior seen in mental illness is related to strangeexperiences and disordered thinking. These can be rectified byadministered of medications, which alters the neuro-chemicalabnormalities in the brain.
Disability seen in mentally ill person is the result of lack of mentalhealth care
Mentally ill people are understood as strange because internalexperiences are some times ununderstanbale to the onlooker
Mental ill individuals can have strange experiences likehallucinations and false firm beliefs like delusions
Mentally ill persons should be brought under care proactively byhealth care staff after early identification.
The only way to convince the community that mentally can recover and function normally is by initiating treatment as early as possible
Psychotic symptoms like hallucination and delusions, depressivesymptoms like sad mood and disinterest can be controlled withinthree months if treated early.
2outof every 1000 population are likely to suffer fromschizophrenia
2outof every 1000 population are like to suffer from mood disorders
10 out of every 1000 individuals are likely to suffer from periodicattacks of epileptic fits/seizures
Tubectomised women and vasectomised men complain of ill-defined bodily complaints because surgical procedure causes weakness inthem.
Mental retardation can be prevented by providing good health care
Epilepsy and mental retardation are often referred to as povertyrelated disorders
Epileptic fits can be controlled by taking medication regularly.
Anti-epileptic drugs can be stopped after two years of fit free period