Psychiatric morbidity in Northern Jordan: a ten-year review

Zaidan Z, Alwash R, Al-Hussaini A, Al-Jarrah M


Objective: To study the psychiatric morbidity in the northern part of Jordan and to determine the frequency distribution of various psychiatric disorders, for planning services. Methods: All records of 2,335 psychiatric patients attending the only psychiatric clinic in Northern part of Jordan during a ten-year period from 1984 to 1993 were extensively reviewed and subjected to computerized analysis. Diagnosis was made as per ICD-9. Results: Out of the 2335 patients, who attended the clinic, 55% were males and 45% were females. Those in the age group 25–44 recorded the maximum attendance. Among the male attendees of the clinic, schizophrenia was the commonest diagnosis (19.9%), while among females; affective disorders were the commonest (15.9%). Conclusion: Schizophrenia was found to be the commonest diagnosis in general among attendance of the clinic for the ten-year research period, while anxiety disorders were the commonest diagnosis among attendance of the clinic for the year 1993. 


Attendance rate, schizophrenia, anxiety, affective psychosis

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