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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 359-361

Prevalence of depression in elderly population in the southern part of Punjab

1 Department of Family Medicine, G.G.S. Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab, India
2 Department of Medicine, G.G.S. Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab, India

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Anita Goyal
Kamiana Gate, Faridkot - 151 203, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.148109

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Background: Depressive symptoms are often not detected properly in elderly. The aim of this study was to explore the prevalence of depressive symptoms and possible co relational factors among elderly population. Materials and Methods: In a cross-sectional study, 100 elderly persons were screened. Geriatric depression scale (GDS) was used to assess depressive symptoms. A self-rating questionnaire was used to detect some sociodemographics and clinical variables. Results: 100 respondents interviewed, 40 were 70 years and above and 41% were male. Sixty individuals (25 males and 35 females) were found to be mildly depressed. Seventeen (4 males and 13 females) were suffering from severe depression. Conclusion: This study is in line with previous studies showing the high prevalence of depression in elderly. Results suggest a proper screening for depression among elderly.

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