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ISRN Psychiatry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 839324, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/839324
Clinical Study

Influence of Anxiety and Depression on Quality of Life of People with Schizophrenia in the Eastern Region of Poland

Independent Laboratory of Mental Health, Medical University of Lublin, 20-093 Lublin, Poland

Received 17 November 2011; Accepted 7 December 2011

Academic Editors: C. Henshaw and H. Nicolini

Copyright © 2012 Marta Makara-Studzińska et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Schizophrenia is the most severe and most debilitating mental illness, which is one of the first ten causes of disability in youth and elderly people. Regarding many consequences that schizophrenia brings for individual and social functioning of ill people, their assessment of the quality of their lives seems to be interesting. The aim of this study is to evaluate the incidence and severity of anxiety and depression as well as analysis of the impact level of anxiety and depression on life quality of people with schizophrenia. A group of patients with schizophrenia from psychiatric centers was involved in a study. A set of methods, included: author's questionnaire, the quality of life scale WHOQOL-BREF, and the hospital anxiety and depression scale (HADS). Anxiety disorders occurred in more than 78% of respondents, while depressive disorders in more than half of respondents. The more severe anxiety and depressive disorders, the lower values were observed in all tested components of quality of life. The study of quality of life of the mentally ill patients should be conducted on a continuous basis in order to explore the current factors influencing the improvement of their psychophysical welfare. It is necessary to promote prohealthy mental lifestyle.