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PBS. 2014; 4(1): 1-6

Findings of a retrospective study on factors responsible for depression in a Northern Indian State

Sameer Dhingra, Mamta Sachdeva, Milind Parle.

Objective: Depression is a leading cause of morbidity and disability worldwide. The factors responsible for the prevalence of depression vary across countries and cultures. This study was aimed to provide data on the prevalence of depression and the possible risk factors responsible for its prevalence in Haryana State, India.
Methods: A retrospective study on factors responsible for depression in a Northern Indian State.
A retrospective evaluation of the medical records of a total of 4512 patients with a confirmed diagnosis of depression was carried out at the psychiatric units of three different district government hospitals from September 2010 till August 2013. The data was analyzed using the statistical software, SPSS version 13.
Results: Prevalence of depression was found to be significant among females (?2=32.9, df=1, p

Key words: depression, risk factor, socioeconomic, medical conditions, North India, Haryana state

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