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Background: Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a syndrome of ongoing anxiety and worry about many events or thoughts that the patient generally recognised as excessive, inappropriate and unusual. It is one of the most common mental disorders. The increasing demand and pressure to perform well academically may have a contribution to increasing levels of GAD among dental students. This study was conducted to assess the general anxiety among the first year dental students in a private dental institution.
Methods: A Cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted among the 1st year dental students in Chennai. A 13 item questionnaire was developed and the responses were collected using Google forms.The collected data was entered and analysed using the statistical package for social sciences software (SPSS) version 23.
Results: From the survey conducted among the 1st year dental students. The study group comprised of 69.4% females and 30.6% males. It was found that the general anxiety was higher in the female student population compared to the male student population.
Conclusion: The present study shows high GAD among 1st year dental students in Chennai. Among which the females have high general anxiety compared to males. This suggests the need for special attention towards this topic in schools and colleges in order to help the children get over their anxiety.