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Natl J Community Med. 2015; 6(2): 161-165

Assessment of Depression among Medical Students of Private University in Bhopal, India

Anshuman Sharma, Sanjay Kumar Gupta, Neeraj Khare, Sanjay S Agarwal.

"Introduction: Medical students repeatedly experience different stresses which render them more vulnerable to psychological problems that may affect their emotional, psychosocial and physical health. Objectives of the study were to determine the prevalence of depression and associated factors leading to depression among medical students at People’s University.
Method: This was a cross-sectional study conducted in Peoples University using Theoretical Depressive Experiences Questionnaire (TDEQ) there were 440 students participated in the study with duration of 1 month.
Results: The participation rate was 90% (396 students). The mean age of participants was 21 ± 2 years, and more than half (62% i.e. 246 students) were males. The prevalence of depression among students was 31 % (123 students).
Conclusions: Symptoms of moderate severity were the predominant among students with the studied psychological illnesses. A substantial proportion of medical students had ongoing psychiatric problems that were associated with multiple social, behavioural, and educational factors. Interventions addressing the mental health of medical students should be initiated."

Key words: Depression, medical students, psychological illnesses

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