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Help-seeking and treatment preferences for depression in epilepsy

Margrove, Kerrie L., Thapar, Ajay Kumar ORCID:, Mensah, Seth and Kerr, Michael Patrick 2011. Help-seeking and treatment preferences for depression in epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior 22 (4) , pp. 740-744. 10.1016/j.yebeh.2011.08.042

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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: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Epilepsy; Depression; Primary care; Patient Health Questionnaire-2; Mental health
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1525-5050
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2022 09:45

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