Help-seeking and treatment preferences for depression in epilepsy

Margrove, Kerrie L. and Thapar, Ajay K. and Mensah, Seth A. and Kerr, Michael P. (2011) Help-seeking and treatment preferences for depression in epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior. ISSN 1525-5050

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Abstract

Depression among people with a diagnosis of epilepsy is common, underrecognized, and undertreated, yet the reasons for this are unclear. In this study people with a diagnosis of epilepsy recruited from primary care were mailed a questionnaire covering help seeking for psychological distress, treatment preferences for depression, and current symptoms of depression using the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ2). Eighty-six people with epilepsy responded to the survey and 44% of the sample reported they would not seek help if they were feeling stressed, worried, or low and it was affecting their daily lives. Almost 40% of the participants screened positive for current depression and PHQ2 scores were statistically unchanged over an average of 8.6 months. The most popular treatment for depression was advice from a general practitioner or from family and friends. The majority of respondents felt speed of treatment should take priority over receiving preferred treatment for depression care.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Margrove, K.L., Tharpar, A.K., Mensah, S.A. and Kerr, M.P., 2011. Help-seeking and treatment preferences for depression in epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior, 22(4), pp.740-744..
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (for research post September 2011)
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2013 14:51
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 09:33
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/300632

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