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Research paper on depression in college students

A recently published longitudinal prospective study found that early onset depression often persists, recurs and continues into adulthood and indicates that depression in youth may also predict more severe illness in adult life.

Depression in young people often co-occurs with other mental disorders, most commonly anxiety disruptive behaviour, or substance abuse disorders. Among the 308 students, the prevalence of depression was found to be 79. The most common type of depression in our study was of moderate 41. However, the prevalence of moderate depression reported here was 9. The same study also reported the prevalence of mild depression to be 6. This was similar to the findings of a Turkish study where prevalence of depression was seen more among older students.

The prevalence of depression in our study was found to be slightly higher among males than females. This was in contrast to the observations made in several studies where depression was found to be significantly more among females than males.

For instance, anxiety arising from need for timely employment to take up familial responsibilities or influence of substances of abuse or peer groups etc. The students of commerce stream having depression significantly more than students from science stream probably indicate the differential expectation from various streams on the mental health of students. Student counsellors are required for each stream to help students to cope up with the necessary course requirements.

This will alleviate stress on students and help them perform well academically and have a healthy campus life. Depression levels seen more among students of the government college than private colleges probably could be due to reasons like shortage of facilities, lesser quality of educational systems, and lack of social activities in the campus very commonly observed in government colleges.

Another reason to this could be that students in government colleges are usually of a poor socio economic background as compared to students of private colleges and are hence more prone to depression.

Considering the high frequency of mild to moderate depression among students in our study area, student counselling service offering mental health assistance is necessary. Students should be educated about depression to improve recognition and diagnosis.

Study of proportion and determinants of depression among college students in Mangalore city

Clinical assessment should focus on identification of these variables and non-pharmacological interventions may be of relevance in addressing some of the associated factors.

Antidepressants in conjunction with cognitive behaviour therapy may be considered for severe depression. Adjunctive psychotherapy and family therapy can help consolidate the gains. The prevalence and severity of depression levels was found to be significantly more in the older age group students. Students from commerce stream were found to suffer from depression significantly more than students from science stream.

Background:

Depression levels were seen slightly more among males and students from Government College. From a public health perspective, this analysis highlights the importance of access to mental health treatment facilities among the college students. The proficiency of the students varies with respect to comprehension of the questions used in the Becks scale.

Also the study results on prevalence of depression among pre university students cannot be generalized as depression is a subjective and usually a temporary phenomenon. Several other risk factors associated with depression such as socio economic status of study participants and scholastic performance of students which could influence the depressive mind set of students could not analyzed as these information were not revealed by most participants.

As depression is multifactorial, more studies analyzing these factors are required in future to understand the problem of depression better.

We also thank Dr. Unnikrishnan B, Professor and H. This manuscript has been read and approved by all the authors and the requirements for authorship as stated earlier in this document have been met, and that each author believes that the manuscript represents honest work. Footnotes Conflict of Interest: Prevalence of depression among adolescents. World health organization; [Last accessed on 2011 Feb 9].

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