Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 229-235

Quality of life impairment in depression and anxiety disorders

1 Department of Psychiatry, Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pimpri, Pune, India
2 Psychiatrist, Shree Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India

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Daniel Saldanha
Department of Psychiatry, Dr. DY Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune,
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0975-2870.114640

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Background: Most common mental disorders (CMDs) such as anxiety disorders and depressive disorders run a persistent and long course. This results in significant impairment of quality of life (QOL) of patients and their families. Evidence-based psychosocial interventions using findings in our own socio-cultural context would help clinicians in holistic management. Objectives: To document illness profile, treatment satisfaction, and QOL in various domains of life in study population and normal controls. Study Design: Cross-sectional analytical study of patients group and their normal family members as a comparison group. Materials and Methods: A total of 100 consecutive patients of depressive disorders and anxiety disorders (ICD-10 clinical diagnosis) attending outpatient clinic of the medical college hospital and their age- and gender-matched relatives as the control group were recruited. Socio-demographic profile was documented along with illness parameters: Severity of illness, treatment satisfaction, and QOL was measured using semi- structured interview, HAM, Beck's depression Inventory, and WHO-QOL scale. Results: The study group measured significantly low on QOL than the comparison group. The two groups differed significantly on the paired " t" test of significance and the variation had a genuine assignable cause. Notwithstanding some variables having a confounding effect and the limitations of a cross-sectional study, the study was conclusive in demonstrating statistically significant impairment of QOL of patients with CMDs, making a strong case for clinicians to pay attention to holistic management of patients. The study has generated QOL data on a small but significant normative population which may serve purpose in future QOL studies.

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