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Karaman D.,GATF Cocuk ve Ergen Ruh Sagligi ve Hastaliklari AD | Turker T.,GATF Halk Sagligi AD | Kara K.,GATF Cocuk ve Ergen Ruh Sagligi ve Hastaliklari AD | Durukan I.,GATF Cocuk ve Ergen Ruh Sagligi ve Hastaliklari AD | Kursat Fidanci M.,GATF Cocuk Sagligi ve Hastaliklari AD
Gulhane Medical Journal | Year: 2013

Objective: The aim of this study is to compare the depression and anxiety levels of children with ADHD with healthy controls. Method: 47 children and adolescents with ADHD and aged between 7-12 years were evaluated according to DSM-IV and 44 healthy children and adolescents who matched to patients in terms of age and education level were included in this study. Sociodemographic data form, parent-report of Children's Depression Inventory (PR-CDI), child-report Children's Depression Inventory (CR-CDI), Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS) were applied to the participants. Results: It was revealed that depression and anxiety levels of children with ADHD were significantly higher than healthy controls. Depressive symptom levels were positively correlated with age and anxiety symptom levels. The panic/agoraphobia, separation anxiety, social phobia, generalized anxiety subscales' scores of SCAS in ADHD were significantly higher than healthy controls. Conclusions: The comorbidity of depression and anxiety disorders is found to be frequent in ADHD samples. © Gülhane Askeri Tip Akademisi 2013.


AIM: Chronic systemic diseases in childhood have negatively affecting the quality of life and debilitating effects for both children and parents. In our study, we investigated depression, anxiety and hopelessness situations at parents of children with these diseases. METHOD: The study was done at parents of children diagnosed with malignancy or chronic disease in GATA Department of Pediatrics Heath and Disease, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinics. Beck Depression Scale, Beck Anxiety Scale and Beck Hopelessness Scale were applied to the participants. RESULTS: Parents of children, who are followed due to malignancy or chronic disease in department of pediatrics heath and disease, pediatric hematology and oncology clinics, constituted the study group. 60 mothers and 51 fathers as study group and 64 mothers and 45 fathers as control group were enrolled in the study between 1st July 2009 and 1st June 2010. The mean age of the parents in study group was 35.7±5.1 and 33,3 5,6 age in control group. The depression score was significantly higher statistically in study group (p=0.035). No difference was fond for the anxiety and hopelessness scores between the groups (p=0.064 and p=0.695 respectively). There was no difference for depression, hopelessness and anxiety scores between mothers and fathers of the children (p=0.217, p=0.447, p=0.102, respectively). CONCLUSION: Without gender discrimination the parents of children with malignancy and chronic disease are in the risk group for depression. It is necessary to support the parents both socially and psychologically.

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