Abstract: The burden of mental disorders is maximal in young adults, the most productive section of the population. Objective of the study are to assess the myths, beliefs and perceptions about mental disorders among selected community at Gonda, Uttar Pradesh and to associate the values of myths, beliefs and perceptions about mental disorder with the demographic variables of selected community at Gonda, Uttar Pradesh. The study involved quantitative approach and non-experimental descriptive design with non-probability convenient sampling technique. To collect the data from respondents, questionnaire on myths, beliefs and perception was administered to 100 peoples were for this study. Non-probability convenient sampling was used. The inclusion criteria are the peoples who are willing to participate, peoples who are able to write and read Hindi and both male and females were included. Exclusion criteria are those who were not willing to participate and sick. Socio Demographic data and questionnaire on myths, believes and perception was used to collect the data. The respondents were assured that the confidentiality of the information provided by them. It took 2 minutes for introduction and rapport building and 15 minutes for filling the questions. The data collection procedure was done. 2 test was used to determine the significance of relationship of myths, believes and perceptions about mental disorder with demographic variables. Maximum 58 % of adults in selected community at Gonda, Uttar Pradesh were having Moderate satisfactory level of myths, beliefs and perceptions, 27 % were having Unsatisfactory and 15 % was having Satisfactory level of myths, beliefs and perceptions. There is a significant association between myths, beliefs and perceptions scores of gender, religion and mental disorder in family as the chi-square value is higher than the tabulated value. Therefore, the H1 is accepted.
Keywords: Myths, believes, perceptions, mental disorder and adults