Hospital admission for depression


Mr A. Coupar, District Psychologist, Waltham Forest, Claybury Hospital, Woodford Bridge, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 8BY.


Fifty depressed patients in a psychiatric unit were asked in an open-ended and a forced-choice question: ‘When you're feeling depressed what sorts of things can make you feel worse in hospital and at home?’. The responses were analysed and compared with a study where non-depressed subjects were asked the same question. Implications of the results of this study for the admission of clinically depressed people to hospital are discussed.