Indian Journal of Health Social Work
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY IN PATIENTS WITH BREAST CANCER: AN OBSERVATIONAL STUDY
Santosh1, Prashant Srivastava2 & Krishan Kumar3
1Ph.D Scholar, Department of Psychology, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra and Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, Civil Hospital, Karnal, Haryana. 2Psychiatric Social Worker, Department of Psychiatry, Kalpana Chawla Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Karnal. 3Assistant Professor (Clinical Psychology), Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh.
Correspondence: Prashant Srivastava, e-mail: email@example.com
Background: Psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety are common among cancer patients. Material and method: A purposive study was conducted among breast cancer patients at university of health sciences Rohtak. A total of 30 patients who were diagnosed with breast cancer and receiving radiotherapy during October 2014- June2015 were interviewed using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). The associated factors investigated concerned socio-demographic details and the stage of cancer. In this study the prevalence of anxiety and depression in patients as per the hospital anxiety and depression scale. Result: The moderate level of depression and anxiety were found in majority of patients (46.7%& 36.7% respectively).
Key words: Breast cancer, depression, anxiety.