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 and Behavior, 22 (4). pp. 740-744. ISSN 1525-5069

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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
Keywords: Epilepsy, Depression, Primary care, Patient Health Questionnaire-2, Mental health
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2013 14:51
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:17

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