ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION IN CONVERSION DISORDER PATIENTS

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Abstract

Background: Conversion disorder is a common psychiatric illness. Its prevalence is 5.6% Anxiety and depression co
morbidity is associated with severe functional impairment, worsening of outcome and increase in health care cost.
Methodology: This is a descriptive study carried out on 133 patients suffering from conversion disorder admitted in
a private psychiatric facility Iftikhar Psychiatric hospital .This study was carried out from June 2013 to August 2014 .
Depression and anxiety was assessed by using Hamilton rating scales for depression and anxiety respectively.
Results: Majority of the patients were females 57.9% and 42.1% were males.54.9% of patients were married.75.9 % of
patients suffered from anxiety disorder and 61.7% from depressive disorder.
Conclusion: Anxiety and depression co morbidity is high in conversion disorder patients if detected and treated earlier,
can improve out come and reduce health care cost.
Keywords: Conversion Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Authors: 
Amer Abbas1
Mian Iftikhar Hussain2
Saima Mehboob2
Rabia Basri2

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