Prevalence of depression, anxiety and stress among orthodontics patients visiting a tertiary care hospital, pakistan

Hassan Rashid, Syed Sheeraz Hussain


Aims and objectives: To determine the prevalence of depression, anxiety and stress among orthodontics patients visiting a tertiary care hospital in Pakistan using DASS scale. Materials and method: A cross sectional study was conducted among randomly selected 72 patients undergoing orthodontics treatment at the dental out patient clinic of Karachi Medical and Dental College. A self administered questionnaire with 42 questions was distributed among the participants to assess depression, anxiety and stress. Informed consent was taken from all participants prior to the survey. Result: The mean age of the sample population was 21.70 years. This study shows that 31.64%(24) patients are depressed, 36.8%(28) are anxious and 41.1%(35) are in stress. Conclusion: In conclusion, orthodontic patients are susceptible to depression, anxiety and stress. Early diagnosis helps the patient to initiate the therapy if needed.


Anxiety; Depression; Orthodontics Patients; Stress


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