ISSN 2586-0151 (Print)
ISSN 2586-0046 (Online)
Volume 13, Number 2 (2/2017)
Original Article <page. 148-55 >

The Characteristics of Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety Associated with Suicidal Ideation in Korean Employees

Jooyun Park, MD1;Sang-Won Jeon, MD1;Eun-Jin Kim, MD1,2;Dong-Won Shin, MD, PhD1;Kang-Seob Oh, MD, PhD1;Young-Chul Shin, MD, PhD1,2; and Se-Won Lim, MD, PhD1,2;

1;Department of Psychiatry, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, 2;Workplace Mental Health Institute, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Seoul, Korea

Objective : We have explored the relationship between suicidal ideation and some very specific characteristics of the symptoms of depression and anxiety in Korean employees.

Methods : During the period 2013 through 2014, 100,793 employees who visited the Health Screening Center were asked to complete questionnaires, including the Center for Epidemiologic Study-Depression scale (CSE-D), the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and the presence of suicidal ideation. We attempted to determine which specific subscale, of each the CES-D and BAI would be more closely related to suicidal ideation by different gender and age by logistic regression.

Results : Depression has been found to be a more prevalent and predominant factor in suicidal ideation, when compared to the presence of the condition of anxiety. Of four subscales of CES-D, issues arising from interpersonal relationships were most often associated with suicidal ideation, regardless of the chronologic age or gender of the subject. In BAI, cognitive anxiety showed a more significant association with suicidal ideation than did somatic anxiety in our study participants, showing same pattern in different gender and age groups.

Conclusions : Among subscales of CES-D and BAI, the interpersonal relationship in CES-D and cognitive anxiety in BAI showed a higher and more significant association with suicidal ideation in Korean employees.

Key words : Depression;Anxiety;Employees;Suicidal ideation.

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