• VISHALKALYANI A. Department of Pharmacy Practice, PES College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru, 560050, Karnataka, India
  • SUMAN S. RAO Department of Pharmacy Practice, PES College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru, 560050, Karnataka, India
  • BARDIA REZAINOEI Department of Pharmacy Practice, PES College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru, 560050, Karnataka, India
  • R. SRINIVASAN Department of Pharmacy Practice, PES College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru, 560050, Karnataka, India
  • VINEELA NEKKANTI Department of Pharmacy Practice, PES College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru, 560050, Karnataka, India



Depression, Mental health, Prevalence, Awareness


Objective: Depression is a common mental disorder that affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Increasing awareness about depression in youth can help in addressing the consequences of the disorder that may extend to adulthood. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and associated socio-demographic factors of depression among youth and to determine the efficacy of an educational intervention in increasing awareness about depression.

Methods: Pre-university and graduate students between 15 to 24 y of age were included in the study. Data was collected using the Patient Health Questionnaire-9, the Adolescent Depression Knowledge Questionnaire, and a self-designed proforma of socio-demographic factors. An educational intervention, in the form of a video, was provided to the subjects. A post-intervention questionnaire was administered after a period of 4-6 w. Analysis and interpretation of data were completed using the Chi-square test and SPSS v22 software.

Results: The prevalence of depression in youth was found to be 29.6% using a PHQ-9 cut-off score of 10. Annual household income was found to have a statistically significant association with the prevalence of depression (*P-value: 0.036). The students’ knowledge about depression was notably improved, as observed from answers of the ADKQ, before and after the educational intervention.

Conclusion: Depression is prevalent among Indian students, and this highlights the need for screening of students and educational interventions. Providing educational interventions to students can increase their awareness and knowledge about depression.


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How to Cite

A., V., S. S. RAO, B. REZAINOEI, R. SRINIVASAN, and V. NEKKANTI. “PREVALENCE AND EXTENT OF AWARENESS OF DEPRESSION IN YOUTH”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, vol. 13, no. 6, June 2021, pp. 23-26, doi:10.22159/ijpps.2021v13i6.41394.



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