|BRIEF RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS
|Year : 2006 | Volume
| 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
Anjali Gupta1, Indu Bahadur2, KR Gupta3, Dinesh Bhugra4
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
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.
Box P.O. 25, Health Services and Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, De Crespingy Park, London SE5 8AF
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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