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Methodology: The study, designed as a cross-sectional, was performed in a
consecutive sample of adolescents diagnosed with depression in the Department
of Medicine, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar, Pakistan. Frequency of
IBS in depressed adolescents was found using the Rome III criteria.
Results: Among 162 depressed adolescents, 73(45%) were male and 89(55%)
were female. Overall 24(14.81%) of adolescents diagnosed with depression
were having IBS. Among 162 adolescents, 49(30%) were having mild depression,
of which 4(8.16%) were having IBS; 70(43%) were having moderate depression,
of which 9(12.85%) were having IBS; 36(22%) were having moderate
severe depression, of which 7(19.44%) were having IBS; 8(5%) were having
severe depression, of which 4(50%) were having IBS.
Conclusion: There was a high frequency of IBS in depressed adolescents and
its frequency increased with the level of depression.
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