Chauhan Beema, Rastogi Pali, Pal V. S, Lohokare Rajeev


Background : Gender differences, age, education, marital status, socio-economic status, locality, culture
are few factors which are implicated to have an impact on onset and progression of depressive disorders.
There is a scarcity in literature for sociodemographic studies in context of basal thyroid functions occurring in patients of major
depressive disorder. Our study focuses on various sociodemographic and clinical parameters of the patients suffering from
Methodology: The diagnosis of rst episode of major depression was made using structured clinical interview based on ICD 10
(DCR) criteria. the patients were classied into mild, moderate, severe, very severe category on the basis of HAM-D scale.
Results: The mean age of case group was 34.9 ± 10.6 years while that of control group was 35.5 ± 10 years. The case group had
more married, rural background, other religion based, illiterate, low socioeconomic status, nuclear family subjects. Mean
duration of illness of 4.24 ± 2.45 months or almost 21-22 weeks. The mean age of onset was 32.6 ± 11.90 years, HAM-D scores
were 20.36 ± 7.04, 63% of severe to very severe depression, 36% moderate depression and 1% mild depression patients.
Females had majority of severe depression cases (52%). Married cases had most patients in the moderate to severe depression
category (84.7%) while unmarried cases also had most samples in the severe depression category (39.3%).
Conclusion: Knowing the clinical and socio-demographic variables helps in better understanding of depression and its


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