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Depression symptoms increase during intern year, study says

Residency Program Insider, June 15, 2010

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The high levels of stress first-year residents face may increase symptoms of depression, according to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Researchers assessed 740 interns across several specialties, including internal medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, general surgery, and psychiatry, prior to starting training and at three month intervals throughout the year.

Respondents who met criteria for depression increased from a baseline of 3.9% to a mean of 25.7% during internship. Almost 42% met criteria for major depression at one or more quarterly assessments.
 



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