Author(s): Hajheydari Z, Jamshidi M, Masoudzadeh A
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To ascertain the prevalence of psychiatric disturbances in a sample of hirsute women. METHODS: This case-control study was carried out on 100 hirsute women referred to a dermatology clinic in Sari, Mazandaran, Iran from 2004 to 2005. One hundred non-hirsute healthy control subjects were case-matched for demographic variables and completed the symptom checklist revised (SCL-90-R) instrument. Data were analyzed using SPSS software (version 11). RESULTS: Forty-three percent of the women reported psychological distress, with the most common subscales being interpersonal sensitivity, paranoid, depression, and obsessive compulsive. In the control group, 42\% were suspicious for mental disorders. There was no significant difference between the 2 groups. CONCLUSION: No significant difference concerning mental health was reported between the hirsute and non-hirsute women. This maybe due to patients having adapted to their disorder due to the presence of high social stress conditions in Iran.
This article was published in Neurosciences (Riyadh)
and referenced in Modern Chemistry & Applications