PREVALENCE OF DEPRESSION AMONG FEMALE MEDICAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS LIVING IN DORMITORIES, IN KARACHI - A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY
Literature indicated that medical undergraduates are more vulnerable to depression than their counterparts and it has adverse effects on their general health. The study was aimed to find out prevalence of depression among the female medical undergraduates residing in dormitories. Cross sectional study was conducted from August 2017 to September 2017. Data were collected from 100 female undergraduates living in dormitories. CES-D 20 inventory was used for measuring self-reported depression. Depression was measured with age categories and muscle weakness. The prevalence of depression was 68 %. There was significant difference of depression prevalence among age categories and students having symptoms muscle weakness. The depression of score was statistically significant with age and positive linear relationship was observed. Elder students were more prone to depression. Muscle weakness was also observed with depressive symptoms.