The present study highlights the demographics of ATPD patients along with the variables associated with the onset of illness and their effect on its outcome.
The mean age of onset of ATPD in our sample was 27 years.
This implies that, even though early adulthood is the most vulnerable period, the onset of ATPD in this age can predict an early treatment response.
In our study, more females than males were affected by ATPD (male-to-female ratio, 0.
Occurrence of ATPD was more common in people from rural areas, similar to that reported in many Indian studies.
In another study, (23) the proportion of first-degree relatives with any mental disorder was higher in a group of ATPD patients compared with healthy controls.
We found that the onset of ATPD was in summer in 54% of our cases, similar to the findings by Malhotra et al (16) who reported that onset of acute psychotic states tends to peak in summer months.