A Review on the Prevalence of Depression in Malaysia

Author(s): Firdaus Mukhtar, Tian P. S. Oei

Journal Name: Current Psychiatry Reviews
Continued as Current Psychiatry Research and Reviews

Volume 7 , Issue 3 , 2011


Transforming western technology to Eastern populations, including Malaysia, presents important implications in understanding the development, maintenance, and treatment of depression. The present paper aims to review the literature on the prevalence of depression studies in Malaysia. PsycINFO, Medline databases, local journals, and 13 published articles, were included in the current review. Findings were presented in three categories i.e., ‘prevalence of depression in primary care’, ‘general community’, and ‘among clinical population’. Major limitations of previous studies were noted, and thus, problems associated with the implementation and future direction of clinical and research on depression in Malaysia, was provided. In short, the contribution of empirical research on the prevalence of depression has remained inconsistent and fragmented and it is therefore, a time to venture modification.

Keywords: Prevalence, depression, Malaysia, SCID, psychometric properties, depressive symptoms, headaches, Psychiatry

Rights & PermissionsPrintExport Cite as

Article Details

Year: 2011
Page: [234 - 238]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/157340011797183201
Price: $58

Article Metrics

PDF: 12