Investigating the Presence of the Symptoms of Depression among University-age Filipinos

Dexter Valdeavilla, Nicole Santos, Agana Domingo, Maria Pulido

Abstract

Depression is a mental illness that negatively affects how a person feels, thinks and acts. In this work, we used an online survey to ask 501 Filipino university-age students on symptoms commonly associated with depression: sadness or isolation, headaches or migraine, anxiety over everyday activities, moodiness or irritability or agitation, chronic fatigue, and low self-esteem or motivation. We learned that all respondents experience at least one symptom weekly. Most respondents (52.7%) experience all six symptoms weekly, with 1 to 3 days a week being the most common frequency. An overwhelming majority attributed such symptoms to academics (92.6%), followed by family (69.5%) and friends (49.5%). Lastly, most (41.9% - 59.7%) believe they have around 1-3 friends with the same symptoms that they experience. The researchers are calling for an increased awareness of mental health issues and good practices, especially within homes and schools, to address the prevalence of depression in university-age Filipinos. The prevalence of Big Data and the Internet of Things within this particular demographic greatly enhances the ability of mental health professionals and researchers to detect and hopefully address the symptoms of depression.

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in Harvard Style

Valdeavilla D., Santos N., Domingo A. and Pulido M. (2019). Investigating the Presence of the Symptoms of Depression among University-age Filipinos.In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Internet of Things, Big Data and Security - Volume 1: IoTBDS, ISBN 978-989-758-369-8, pages 359-363. DOI: 10.5220/0007748903590363


in Bibtex Style

@conference{iotbds19,
author={Dexter Valdeavilla and Nicole Santos and Agana Domingo and Maria Pulido},
title={Investigating the Presence of the Symptoms of Depression among University-age Filipinos},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Internet of Things, Big Data and Security - Volume 1: IoTBDS,},
year={2019},
pages={359-363},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0007748903590363},
isbn={978-989-758-369-8},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Internet of Things, Big Data and Security - Volume 1: IoTBDS,
TI - Investigating the Presence of the Symptoms of Depression among University-age Filipinos
SN - 978-989-758-369-8
AU - Valdeavilla D.
AU - Santos N.
AU - Domingo A.
AU - Pulido M.
PY - 2019
SP - 359
EP - 363
DO - 10.5220/0007748903590363