Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00002346
Title: Academic stress and its effect on medical students’ mental health status
Category: Pharmacology
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    The high level of academic stress among medical students in the initial years of study negatively affects their health. This review aimed to analyze the data on features of a medical students’ mental status and its dynamics in the course of study. The analysis was applied to the scientific publications (mainly over the past 5 years) on the issue of academic stress and medical students’ mental status in different countries from computer databases: PubMed, Medical-Science, eLibrary, Web of Science, and Scopus. It is established that those entering medical schools are characterized by a high level of stress and anxiety, and in the first 3 years of study, their strengthening is observed. In addition, a high level of suicidality risk is noted: From 45% to 83% of the students had suicidal thoughts. The most significant stress situations for medical students are sessions and examinations. Due to the high study load and the need to prepare for classes for the following day, more than half of the students were sleep deprived (<6 h). To overcome stress, a significant part consumed alcohol and smoked tobacco, which is a risk factor of addiction. From there, medical and psychological aid should be available for medical students. It is necessary to train them in proper time management, methods of optimal self-study with educational materials as well as constructive ways to overcome stress, auto- and hetero-aggressive trends, effective conflict resolution, and relaxation methods which will keep students healthy mentally and prevent emotional burnout.

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    Author(s) Name:

    Victoria V. Ruzhenkova*, Victor A. Ruzhenkov, Inna S. Lukyantseva, Natalia A. Anisimova

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    Department of Psychiatry, Narcology, and Clinical Psychology, Belgorod State University 301015, 85 Pobedy St., Belgorod, Russia

    *Corresponding author: Victoria V. Ruzhenkova, Department of Psychiatry, Narcology and Clinical Psychology of the Federal State Agrarian University VO, Belgorod State National Research University, 301015, 85 Pobedy St., Belgorod, Russia.

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    Victoria V. Ruzhenkova*, Victor A. Ruzhenkov, Inna S. Lukyantseva, Natalia A. Anisimova

    Title:Academic stress and its effect on medical students’ mental health status
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10(7)
    Year:2018
    Page No: (1171-1174)
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    Methodology: Mental disorders, Mental health
    Research Materials:Addictive behavior

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Academic stress Addictive behavior Anxiety Asthenia Depression Mental disorders Mental health

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