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Patients presenting with depression to a psychiatry clinic:a descriptive survey

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Thilini Rajapakse ,

Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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Abeera Sivapalasingam

Temporary Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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Abstract

Clinical experience suggests that depression is common in Sri Lanka. This study aims to describe the characteristics of patients with depressive symptoms presenting to a psychiatry clinic at a teaching hospital in central Sri Lanka, over a period of one year. Information was collected retrospectively, based on clinic notes. Relatively older patients (mean age 41 years), female patients (65.3%) and those with a recent history of attempted self harm (28.5%) were common. Attempted self-poisoning was the commonest method of attempted self harm. Patients with co-morbid alcohol use disorders (5.6%), and those with prominent symptoms of somatisation (31.2%), were less than expected.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v2i1.3166

SL J Psychiatry 2011; 2 (1): 36-38

Keywords: depression 
DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v2i1.3166
How to Cite: Rajapakse, T. & Sivapalasingam, A., (2011). Patients presenting with depression to a psychiatry clinic:a descriptive survey. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry. 2(1), pp.36–38. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v2i1.3166
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Published on 29 Jun 2011.
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