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Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar

versión impresa ISSN 0138-6557versión On-line ISSN 1561-3046


JOSUE DIAZ, Lídice et al. Hidden depression at the outpatient department. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2006, vol.35, n.4. ISSN 0138-6557.

A descriptive and cross-sectional study was performed in a sample of 46 patients seen in the ambulatory department of “Dr. Carlos J. Finlay” Military Hospital during the last semester of 2004. They had been referred from other specialties to search hidden depression. On the first day, they answered a questionnaire of anticipatory cognitions. A semi-structured survey was done among those who got a score of more than 7 points, and Hamilton's scale was used to corroborate and classify the intensity of depression, aspects that helped to find depressive symptoms, as well as the application of psychotherapeutical conducts in the necessary cases, attaining this way one of the established goals. This questionnaire was applied to 46 patients, in 20 of them the test was positive, which indicated the presumptive presence of depression. It was observed a predominance of females over 35 years old, middle level technicians, consensual union, and fifteen years or more of work. The main conflicts were related to the conjugal sphere and work.

Palabras clave : Depression; hidden morbidity; masked; cognitions.

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