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What to do about depression? Self-help recommendations of the public.
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PMID:  21558295     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: While help-seeking and treatment preferences for depression have been assessed in a number of population studies, little is known about the public's self-help beliefs. AIMS: To explore public beliefs about self-help actions to be taken in case of depression. METHODS: In spring 2009, a population-based survey was conducted by telephone in the city of Vienna. A fully structured interview was carried out, which began with the presentation of a vignette describing a case of depression. Subsequently, respondents were asked to indicate to what extent they would recommend various self-help actions. RESULTS: Among the self-help options proposed, confiding in a close friend or someone in the family were most frequently recommended. Apart from that, a variety of interpersonal actions (socializing with others, joining a self-help group), psychological methods (thinking positively), lifestyle changes (engaging in sport, listening to music, going on vacation, reading a good book) and dietary methods (eating healthy food) were endorsed by over half of respondents. While women were more ready to recommend self-help actions, the better educated were less enthusiastic about them. CONCLUSIONS: As only some of the self-help measures endorsed by the public are evidence based, more research is needed before promulgating their use.
Anita Holzinger; Herbert Matschinger; Matthias C Angermeyer
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of social psychiatry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1741-2854     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
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Created Date:  2011-5-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0374726     Medline TA:  Int J Soc Psychiatry     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical University Vienna.
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