Depression, Anxiety and Stress in Patients Suffering from Chronic Illness

Author: Ayesha Maqsood

Supervisor: Ms. Shahnila Tariq

Degree: MPhil

Year: (2009 – 2011)

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research was conducted to explore the depression, anxiety and stress in patients suffering from chronic illness (Cardiac, cancer and diabetes). It was hypothesized that there would be a significant difference in the level of depression, anxiety and stress between hospitalized and non hospitalized patients of chronic illness. Survey research design and purposive sampling technique was used. A sample of 100 patients (50 hospitalized (25 male and 25 female) and 50 non-hospitalized (25 male and 25 female) were selected from three Government Hospitals of Lahore. Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale by Lovibond (1995), Urdu version was used as an assessment tool. Independent sample t-test and one way ANOVA were used to analyze the data. The results highlighted that hospitalized patients have high level of depression, anxiety and stress as compared to non hospitalized patients. The results also showed that there is no significant gender difference in the level of depression, anxiety and stress among chronic illnesses.

Keywords: depression, anxiety, stress, chronic illness.

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