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Indian J Psychiatry. 2005 Oct;47(4):229-32. doi: 10.4103/0019-5545.43060.

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

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  • 1Honorary Research Worker, Health Services Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London.

Abstract

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 Self-Report 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.

KEYWORDS:

Psychological symptoms; Self-Report Questionnaire (SRQ); common mental disorders

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PMC2921141
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