Prevalence of anxiety and depression in medical students of a public sector medical college in Islamabad and coping mechanisms adopted


  • Rizwan Zafar Rural Health Center Kanjwani, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Raheel Rural Dispensary Jangal, Attock, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Ahmed Mujtaba Department of General Medicine, PAF Hospital Mushaf, Sargodha, Pakistan
  • Rabia Mahmood Department of Community Medicine, Federal Medical College, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Umair Nawaz Hazrat Bari Sarkar Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Bhavesh Kumar General Dispensary Goongio, Tharparker, Pakistan



The objectives of this study were to find out the frequency of anxiety and depression in medical students and various coping mechanisms adopted by them to identify the coping trends and to stress the need of equipping these students with positive coping tools to deal with anxiety and depression. A cross-sectional, questionnaire-based observational study was conducted on a population of 500 medical students of Federal Medical and Dental College, Islamabad. The duration of the study was three months. By using the WHO sample size calculator, taking the confidence level 95%, anticipated population proportion 70% and absolute precision required 7%, the sample size was calculated at 165. The samples were collected by non-probability consecutive sampling via a questionnaire. In the study, two instruments were used: 1) Aga Khan University Anxiety and Depression Scale (AKUADS), and 2) Brief Cope Inventory.


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