ISSN 1658-645X
 

Original Research (Original Article) 


Prevalence of mental distress among undergraduate medical students at Majmaah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Talal Alghamdi, Tahir Ansari, Fahad Alfahaid, Mansour Alzaharani, Mohammed Almansour, Waqas Sami, Abdulkreem Alnasser, Ibrahim Almutiri, Turki Alanazi, Shoaib Albader.

Abstract
Background: Medical Education and Medical Profession are among the most challenging and stressful ones. It also poses many new, challenging and potentially threatening situational demands on the incoming students. Anxiety and depression represents an escalating public health problem among medical students.

Objectives: The objectives of the study were; to find the prevalence of mental distress among undergraduate medical students studying at College of Medicine, Majmaah University; to explore associations between socio-demographic characteristics and mental distress and to identify mental health and support service needs at Majmaah University for distressed students.

Methods: It was a cross-sectional study. The data was collected from undergraduate medical students’ of either gender studying at College of Medicine, Majmaah University using complete enumeration method. General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) was used to collect the data from 162 students.

Result: The prevalence of mental distress among students was 35.8%. Psychosocial disorder (27.2%) was the most prevalent among students, followed by anxiety (24.7%), somatic (14.2%) and depression (10.5%). Male students had higher mental distress as compared to female students (67.6% vs 43.5%, p<0.001). Moreover, third year students had higher anxiety level (42.1%) as compared to other year students p<0.001.

Conclusion: Medical students encountered high rates of anxiety and depression. Male students were more mentally distressed as compared to female students. Anxiety was more prevalent in 3 rd year students as compared to other groups. Educating the students through stress management programs and counselling them through mental health units in the College may help in overall reduction of mental distress.

Key words: Mental distress, Stress, Medical students, Anxiety, Depression


 
ARTICLE TOOLS
Abstract
PDF Fulltext
Print this article Print this Article
How to cite this articleHow to cite this article
Citation Tools
Related Records
 Articles by Talal Alghamdi
Articles by Tahir Ansari
Articles by Fahad Alfahaid
Articles by Mansour Alzaharani
Articles by Mohammed Almansour
Articles by Waqas Sami
Articles by Abdulkreem Alnasser
Articles by Ibrahim Almutiri
Articles by Turki Alanazi
Articles by Shoaib Albader
on Google
on Google Scholar
Article Statistics
 Viewed: 379
Downloaded: 80
Cited: 0

How to Cite this Article
Pubmed Style

Talal Alghamdi, Tahir Ansari, Fahad Alfahaid, Mansour Alzaharani, Mohammed Almansour, Waqas Sami, Abdulkreem Alnasser, Ibrahim Almutiri, Turki Alanazi, Shoaib Albader. Prevalence of mental distress among undergraduate medical students at Majmaah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2017; 5(2): 66-75.


Web Style

Talal Alghamdi, Tahir Ansari, Fahad Alfahaid, Mansour Alzaharani, Mohammed Almansour, Waqas Sami, Abdulkreem Alnasser, Ibrahim Almutiri, Turki Alanazi, Shoaib Albader. Prevalence of mental distress among undergraduate medical students at Majmaah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. http://www.mjhs-mu.org/?mno=294059 [Access: December 17, 2018].


AMA (American Medical Association) Style

Talal Alghamdi, Tahir Ansari, Fahad Alfahaid, Mansour Alzaharani, Mohammed Almansour, Waqas Sami, Abdulkreem Alnasser, Ibrahim Almutiri, Turki Alanazi, Shoaib Albader. Prevalence of mental distress among undergraduate medical students at Majmaah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2017; 5(2): 66-75.



Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Talal Alghamdi, Tahir Ansari, Fahad Alfahaid, Mansour Alzaharani, Mohammed Almansour, Waqas Sami, Abdulkreem Alnasser, Ibrahim Almutiri, Turki Alanazi, Shoaib Albader. Prevalence of mental distress among undergraduate medical students at Majmaah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Majmaah J Heal Sci. (2017), [cited December 17, 2018]; 5(2): 66-75.



Harvard Style

Talal Alghamdi, Tahir Ansari, Fahad Alfahaid, Mansour Alzaharani, Mohammed Almansour, Waqas Sami, Abdulkreem Alnasser, Ibrahim Almutiri, Turki Alanazi, Shoaib Albader (2017) Prevalence of mental distress among undergraduate medical students at Majmaah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Majmaah J Heal Sci, 5 (2), 66-75.



Turabian Style

Talal Alghamdi, Tahir Ansari, Fahad Alfahaid, Mansour Alzaharani, Mohammed Almansour, Waqas Sami, Abdulkreem Alnasser, Ibrahim Almutiri, Turki Alanazi, Shoaib Albader. 2017. Prevalence of mental distress among undergraduate medical students at Majmaah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Majmaah Journal of Health Sciences, 5 (2), 66-75.



Chicago Style

Talal Alghamdi, Tahir Ansari, Fahad Alfahaid, Mansour Alzaharani, Mohammed Almansour, Waqas Sami, Abdulkreem Alnasser, Ibrahim Almutiri, Turki Alanazi, Shoaib Albader. "Prevalence of mental distress among undergraduate medical students at Majmaah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." Majmaah Journal of Health Sciences 5 (2017), 66-75.



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Talal Alghamdi, Tahir Ansari, Fahad Alfahaid, Mansour Alzaharani, Mohammed Almansour, Waqas Sami, Abdulkreem Alnasser, Ibrahim Almutiri, Turki Alanazi, Shoaib Albader. "Prevalence of mental distress among undergraduate medical students at Majmaah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." Majmaah Journal of Health Sciences 5.2 (2017), 66-75. Print.



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Talal Alghamdi, Tahir Ansari, Fahad Alfahaid, Mansour Alzaharani, Mohammed Almansour, Waqas Sami, Abdulkreem Alnasser, Ibrahim Almutiri, Turki Alanazi, Shoaib Albader (2017) Prevalence of mental distress among undergraduate medical students at Majmaah University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Majmaah Journal of Health Sciences, 5 (2), 66-75.





Most Viewed Articles
  • Medical Hypnosis – A Poorly Understood Therapeutic Modality
    Riaz Qureshi
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2013; 1(1): 1-4
    » Abstract

  • Upcoming Conferences

    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2018; 6(1): 90-
    » Abstract

  • Gentamicin induced neurodegenerative changes in auditory cortex of adult Albino rats
    Rehan M Asad, Moattar R Rizvi, Sami Waqas, Kamran Afzal
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2013; 1(1): 11-17
    » Abstract

  • Editorial
    Khalid Bin Mohamed Alabdulwahab
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2018; 6(1): -
    » Abstract

  • Animal Models of Non Cirrhotic Portal Hypertension (NCPH)
    Moattar R Rizvi
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2013; 1(1): 58-70
    » Abstract

  • Roach’s Type II Variant of Sturge – Weber Syndrome: A Case Report
    Saleem Shaikh, Abdur Rahman Al-Atram, Sachdeva Harleen
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2013; 1(1): 71-76
    » Abstract

  • Prevalence of Hypertriglyceridemia in Patients Attending Primary Health Care Centers in Majmaah, Saudi Arabia
    Fahad Alfhaid
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2018; 6(1): 10-16
    » Abstract

  • Use of FDG-PET/CT for Biological Target Volume Definition in Head and Neck Cancer
    Abdulrahman A Alfuraih
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2018; 6(1): 61-82
    » Abstract

  • Physical Therapy Intervention in Post Stroke Shoulder Subluxation: A Narrative Review
    Mazen Alqahtani
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2018; 6(1): 48-60
    » Abstract

  • Parental Knowledge, Attitude and Practice on Antibiotic use for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Children
    Khaled Al-Dossari
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2013; 1(1): 33-45
    » Abstract

  • Most Downloaded
  • The “Epidemiological Transmission” and “Double-Burden of Disease”: A Focus on Africa
    Asim Abdelmoneim Hussein
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2014; 2(2): 3-11
    » Abstract

  • Relativity of Platelet Count with Automated Cell Counter & Manual Haemocytometer using Peripheral Blood Smear
    Purnendu Sinha, Moattar Raza Rizvi, Ranjay Kumar Choudhary
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2014; 2(1): 41-46
    » Abstract

  • Physical Therapy Intervention in Post Stroke Shoulder Subluxation: A Narrative Review
    Mazen Alqahtani
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2018; 6(1): 48-60
    » Abstract

  • Prevalence of Hypertriglyceridemia in Patients Attending Primary Health Care Centers in Majmaah, Saudi Arabia
    Fahad Alfhaid
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2018; 6(1): 10-16
    » Abstract

  • Use of FDG-PET/CT for Biological Target Volume Definition in Head and Neck Cancer
    Abdulrahman A Alfuraih
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2018; 6(1): 61-82
    » Abstract

  • Prevalence and Risk Factors of Hypercholesterolemia in Majmaah, Saudi Arabia
    Khalid El Tohami Medani, Mohammed Abdullah Al Mansour, Elsadig Yousif Mohamed, Fahad Alfhaid, Talal Shakhs Alghamdi, Waqas Sami, Sawsan Mustafa Abdalla, Mansour Khater Al Zahrani
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2018; 6(1): 34-41
    » Abstract

  • Neuromotor Development in a Girl with SERAC 1 Gene Dysfunction from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: A case study
    Faisal Y. Asiri
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2018; 6(1): 42-47
    » Abstract

  • Editorial
    Khalid Bin Mohamed Alabdulwahab
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2018; 6(1): -
    » Abstract

  • Long-Term Safety and Efficacy of Corneal Cross-Linking in thin Corneas with Keratoconus
    Abdulrahman M. Alamri
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2018; 6(1): 26-33
    » Abstract

  • Prevalence of Brucellosis in Hawtat Sudair City, Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
    Mohammed Alaidarous
    Majmaah J Heal Sci. 2018; 6(1): 17-25
    » Abstract

  • Most Cited Articles