Comorbidity of Major Depressive Disorder and Somatization Disorder: Base Rates in an Outpatient Psychiatric Sample.
Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Jacob M. Pomerantz
Major Depressive Disorder
Somatization Disorder is a rare psychological condition that affects approximately 2% of women and 0.2% of men in the United States. This archival study was undertaken to develop base rates for the prevalence of Major Depressive Disorder among a group of outpatients previously diagnosed with Somatization Disorder in a community mental health clinic. The Shedler Quick PsychoDiagnostics Panel (QPD Panel) was utilized to sort patients into a Somatization Disorder and control group. A 2 x 2 Pearson's Chi-Square Test of Independence was utilized. In this study, 44% of patients who were identified as having Somatization Disorder were also diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. The implications for these results are discussed herein.
Sethna, Jimmy P., "Comorbidity of Major Depressive Disorder and Somatization Disorder: Base Rates in an Outpatient Psychiatric Sample." (2010). Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 112.