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Study to Evaluate Prevalence of Depression, Sleep Wake Pattern and Their Relation with Use of Social Networking Sites among First Year Medical Students

M Anthony David and Syed Salman Hamid Hashmi
Department of Physiology, Deccan College of Medical Sciences, DMRL X Roads, Kanchanbagh, Hyderabad 500058, India.
Abstract—The stress of getting into medicine can contribute to the development of depression in medical students. The use of social networking sites might help students to decrease their stress levels, increase their social interaction which in turn may curb depression. A cross-sectional anonymous questionnaire-based survey was conducted amongst the first year medical students. The depression status. sleep wakefulness patterns and usage pattern of social networking sites were included in the survey. Data analysis was done and significance and correlation determined with the chi -square test. A total of 128 students participated of whom 11.7% students reported clinical depression. Depression was higher among the females compared to males. Depression was slightly higher, though not significantly so, among users of social networking websites. Overall more than half of the population were intermediate type personalities followed by evening types and morning types. As there were more evening types in users that the non-users there might be some effect of the use of social networking sites on sleep wake pattern but no statistially significant relation could be established.

Index Terms—Depression, Sleep-wake pattern, Social networking sites, India, Medical students

Cite: M Anthony David and Syed Salman Hamid Hashmi, "Study to Evaluate Prevalence of Depression, Sleep Wake Pattern and Their Relation with Use of Social Networking Sites among First Year Medical Students," International Journal of Pharma Medicine and Biological Sciences, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 27-31, January 2013.
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