A Study on the Anxiety and Depression of New Dental Outpatients

치과신환의 불안 및 우울에 관한 연구

  • 이재학 (부산대학교 치과대학 구강내과학교실) ;
  • 고명연 (부산대학교 치과대학 구강내과학교실)
  • Published : 1997.06.01


The anxiety and depression level of new outpatients wert studied clinically by means of The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale(HAD). 64 males and 97 females were subjected at local dental clinic and also 6l male and 91 females were studied at the Dept. of Oral Medicine, PNUH, during period from 1996 to 1997 The obtained results were as follows : 1. Anxiety disorder was 17.76% in the new dental outpatients of university hospital and 13.66% in the local dental Clinic find depression disorder was 7.23% In the University hospital and 3.72% in the local dental clinic. 2. Mean values of depression and anxiety level were within normal range. 3. Anxiety level in female was significantly higher than that in male at the local dental clinic (p<0.05). 4. Anxiety and depression level in university hospital outpatients decreased in order of clerk, housewife and student(p<0.01). 5. The outpatients of university hospital with lower education level showed more anxious and depressed. 6. Anxiety and depression of unmarried group of new outpatients in university hospital was higher than that of married group. Through the above results, proper treatment plans will be demanded In the dental procedure, because psychologic 야sorders as anxiety and depression were included in the 25% of new outpatients of university hospital and 17% at local dental clinic.