DEPRESSION AND ITS ASSOCIATED FACTORS: A STUDY ON CAREGIVERS OF PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS

  • Nomita Sohail Armed Forces Institute of Mental Health/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Shiraz Hussain Armed Forces Institute of Mental Health/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Siddique Kakar Armed Forces Institute of Mental Health/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Sana Khan AFIMH Rwp
  • Mohsin Alimudin
  • Mohammad Kamran
  • Sohail Ali
Keywords: Caregivers, Depression, Psychiatric disorders

Abstract

Objective: To determine the frequency and association of depression among caregivers of psychiatric patients.

Study Design: Cross-sectional study.

Study place and duration: Outpatient Department of a Tertiary Care Hospital, Rawalpindi, from Sep 2016 to Apr 2017.

Methodology: A total of 200 caregivers of psychiatric patients were included in this study. Each caregiver was interviewed by a consultant psychiatrist to measure the frequency of depression according to International Classification of Disease-10 (ICD10) criteria and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) score of >8. Socio-demographic factors were associated with presence of depression by using chi-square test.

Results: The mean age observed was 35.36 ± 8.39 years. There were 84 (42%) males and 116 (58%) females. Depression was found in 95 (47.5%) caregivers of psychiatric patients in our analysis. Female gender, low socio-economic status and type of psychiatric illness had significant relationship with presence of depression among our target population.

Conclusion: Depression was a highly common undiagnosed entity among the caregivers of psychiatric patients. Female caregivers or caregivers with low socio-economic status should be screened especially for depression in addition to caregivers of patients suffering from psychotic illness.

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Published
2021-12-30
How to Cite
Sohail, N., Hussain, S., Kakar, S., Khan, S., Alimudin, M., Kamran, M., & Ali, S. (2021). DEPRESSION AND ITS ASSOCIATED FACTORS: A STUDY ON CAREGIVERS OF PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS. PAFMJ, 71(6), 1933-36. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v6i6.2971
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