SYMPTOMS SEVERITY, SOCIAL SUPPORT AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN PATIENTS WITH MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER


Abstract
Aims. The present study was conducted to examined association between Symptoms Severity, Social Support and Quality of Life among patients with Major Depressive Disorder. Methods. The current study used correlational research design. One-hundred participants were recruited through non-probability purposive sampling technique. Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (Hamilton, 1960), The Multi-dimensional Scale for Perceived Social Support (Zimet, Dahlem, Zimet & Farley, 1988) and World Health Organization Quality of Life Scale (WHOQOL Group, 1997) were used as an assessment measures. Results. Results revealed that symptoms severity has significant (p<.05) negative relationship with quality of life. Findings also revealed that females with major depressive disorder have higher level of social support as compare to males with major depressive disorder. In addition, regression findings showed symptoms severity was significant predictor of quality of life among patients with major depressive disorder. Conclusions. The current study concluded that lower level of symptoms severity leads towards higher level of quality of life among depressive patients. Based on this study, it is not particular for professionals or students to be attentive from social support toward better quality of life in the Pakistani culture but also to be educated the culture itself and scientific area.