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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38-41

Depression in nonpsychiatric geriatric outpatients

Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

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Dr. Sandeep Kumar Goyal
Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2348-9995.161379

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Background: Depression in elderly is under diagnosed. This study was planned to find the prevalence of depression in the nonpsychiatric geriatric population, which often goes undiagnosed and untreated. Aims: The primary aim of the study was to find the sociodemographic profile and prevalence of depression among nonpsychiatric geriatric outpatients and the secondary aim was to find factors associated with depression. Settings and Design: By using purposive sampling, 100 patients aged more than 60 years attending various Out Patient Departments (OPDs) other than the Psychiatry OPD were recruited. Materials and Methods: Geriatric depression scale was used to diagnose depression. Results: 21% patients had mild depression and another 21% patients were severely depressed. 64% of the patients had one medical illness and 36% of the patients have more than 1 medical illness. Widow/widower patients had significantly more depressive symptom as compared to patients having a living spouse. Patients with two or more medical illnesses had significantly more depressive symptoms as compared to the patients with one medical illness. Conclusions: 42% of the nonpsychiatric geriatric patients were found to have depression. Depression was more common in geriatric patients who were widow/widower or had more than 1 medical illness.

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