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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 229-232

Psychological symptoms in women in a primary care setting in Tamil Nadu

Health Services Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Dinesh Bhugra
Health Services Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, De Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.43060

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Background: Common mental disorders, especially depression, are likely to increase as a result of globalization and industrialization and it is likely that the resultant burden of care will increase proportionately. Women have a higher prevalence of depression and also carry the burden of caring for the affected individuals. Aim: To study the psychological symptoms with possible common mental disorders in a primary care setting. Methods: One hundred two women of Tamil ethnicity were approached to take part in answering the Self­Report Questionnaire (SRQ). The mean age of cases and non-cases were 39 years and 33 years, respectively. Results: Nearly three-fifths scored above the cut-off point. Age, physical illness and chronic pain were found to be important factors in the genesis of depression in particular. Conclusion: These findings have major implications for any preventative or intervention strategies.



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