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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 251-253

Self-awareness of depression and life events in three groups of patients: Psychotic depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and chronic medical illness in North India

1 MA Psychology Student, University of Delhi, Delhi, India
2 Department of Psychology, Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India
3 Consultant Psychiatrist, 44-A Brijpuri, Yamuna Nagar 135001, Haryana, India
4 Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Dinesh Bhugra
Box P.O. 25, Health Services and Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, De Crespingy Park, London SE5 8AF
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.31558

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Background: Depression is a common experience across cultures although not all languages have words describing depression. Aim: To identify patients' perception and awareness of depression as an illness. Methods: Sixty psychiatric patients (each with depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD]) were compared with 30 medical patients with chronic physical illness and assessed on levels of awareness of depression in relation to life events. Results: Life events were more in patients with OCD compared to other two groups. All the three groups of patients had major depression. Conclusion: Absence of help-seeking for depression in patients with OCD and physical illness possibly indicate low level of awareness of depression in these patients. The findings are discussed in context of clinical practice.



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