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Depression in male patients on methadone maintenance therapy


Baharudin, Azlin and Mislan, Noormazita and Ibrahim, Normala and Sidi, Hatta and Nik Jaafar, Nik Ruzyanei (2013) Depression in male patients on methadone maintenance therapy. Asia Pacific Psychiatry, 5 (S1). pp. 67-73. ISSN 1758-5864; ESSN: 1758-5872


Introduction Depression is one of the most common psychiatric conditions in men. The aim of the study was to determine the depressive symptoms and associated factors among men on methadone maintenance therapy (MMT). Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted involving 108 subjects who attended the Drug Clinic at Hospital Kuala Lumpur. The instruments used include the Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition Axis-I Disorder, Beck Depression Inventory and the 15-item International Index of Erectile Function. Results The rate of depression was 44.4%. There were significant associations between Malay ethnicity, secondary education level and concurrent illicit cannabis use with depression (P < 0.05). However, there was no significant associations between depression and erectile dysfunction (P = 0.379). Discussion Even though depression is common among men on MMT, it is often missed by the treating doctors. It is important to make the treating doctors aware that depression is a serious clinical condition that has a profound impact on the individual and compliance to treatment.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/appy.12069
Publisher: Wiley
Notes: Supplement
Keywords: Methadone maintenance therapy; Depression
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 03:11
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2015 03:11
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/29574
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