Depression in male patients on methadone maintenance therapy

Azlin Baharudin, Noormazita Mislan, Normala Ibrahim, Hatta Sidi, Nik Ruzyanei Nik Jaafar

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-73
Number of pages7
JournalAsia-Pacific Psychiatry
Volume5
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

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Keywords

  • Depression
  • Methadone maintenance therapy

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Depression in male patients on methadone maintenance therapy. / Baharudin, Azlin; Mislan, Noormazita; Ibrahim, Normala; Sidi, Hatta; Nik Jaafar, Nik Ruzyanei.

In: Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, Vol. 5, No. SUPPL. 1, 04.2013, p. 67-73.

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