OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE SYMPTOMS AMONG STUDENTS OF FACULTY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES AND FACULTY OF HUMANITIES EDUCATION IN UNIVERSITY OF SULAIMANI

Rebwar Ghareeb Hama a and Nawzad Sami Ahmed b



a Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Sulaimani. 
b Kurdistan Board Medical Studies Candidate.



Submitted: 18/7/2018; Accepted: 11/11/2018; Published 21/12/2018
ABSTRACT


Background 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of the common psychiatric disorders worldwide, studies show high prevalence of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder among university students. There are limited data on the prevalence of obsessive‑compulsive disorder among college students in Kurdistan region.


Objectives 

The main aim of this study is to estimate the prevalence of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder among students of Faculty of Medical Sciences and Faculty of Humanities Education.


Methods

A cross-sectional study was conducted in the Faculty of Medicine Sulaimani University and Faculty of Humanity, from May to June 2017. Two hundred students from faculty of medicine and 200 students from faculty of Humanity were included, Self-administered questionnaire was used to assess sociodemographic data of the students. OCD was assessed by using The Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory-Revised. p Value less than 0.05 considered statistically significant.


Results

The participant’s age was between 17 to 26 years. Most of participants in the medical and humanity faculty were single, 186 (93%), 187 (93.5%) respectively. The prevalence of probable OCD in medical colleges was 6%, while in humanity colleges was 4%. Having family history of mental illness was the only significant risk factor among medical students. 


Conclusion

Our study reveals a higher prevalence of symptoms among Medical than humanity university students. Further studies are needed to determine the prevalence and associated factors for OCD in different college students.



KEYWORDS

Obsessive compulsive disorder, Medical student, Obsession, Compulsion.