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Table 2 Knowledge of the respondents towards mental health and mental health problems at Jimma Zone, Seka woreda South-west Ethiopia, March 2020

From: Knowledge of the community regarding mental health problems: a cross-sectional study

Variables Characteristics Response Frequency Percentage
Psychiatric disorders are a kind of medical disorders   Yes 404 96.2
Psychiatric disorders are contagious diseases   Yes 75 17.9
Recovered psychiatric patients are employed productively   Yes 303 72.1
Psychiatric disorders are treatable   Yes 362 86.2
People with severe mental health problems can fully recover   Yes 88 20.9
Leaving alone is the treatment for mental illness   Yes 138 32.9
Which are symptoms of mental illness Irritability Yes 352 83.8
Talking/laughing alone Yes 407 96.9
Wandering Yes 393 93.6
Excessive and unusual happiness Yes 339 80.7
Strange/unusual behavior Yes 403 96.0
Excessive Feeling sad, tearful Yes 376 89.5
Aggression/violence Yes 401 95.5
Hearing and seeing things that are not there Yes 389 92.6
Lack of sleep Yes 376 89.5
Talkativeness Yes 394 93.8
Trying to kill oneself Yes 386 91.9
Isolating oneself Yes 401 95.5
Older people may develop mental disorders   Yes 371 88.3
Children may develop mental disorders   Yes 332 79.0
Women may develop mental disorders as equal to male   Yes 265 63.1
Lower socioeconomic class increases the risk of having psychiatric disorders   Yes 310 73.8
  1. Responses only “Yes” or “No”