Help-seeking for depression: The role of beliefs, attitudes and mood


Sherwood, C., Salkovskis, P. M. and Rimes, K. A., 2007. Help-seeking for depression: The role of beliefs, attitudes and mood. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 35 (5), pp. 541-554.

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This study aims to explore help-seeking thresholds, beliefs and attitudes about depression and establish how these are affected by previous treatment for depression, the type of treatment received, and current depression. Participants were a cohort of 42 individuals previously diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in two groups according to previous treatment for depression; 12 individuals previously diagnosed with a psychological disorder other than MDD; and 48 individuals from a community sample. Five self-report questionnaires measured thresholds for help-seeking, beliefs about depression, current depression and self-management skills. Between-group comparisons were made for help-seeking thresholds and beliefs about depression. Results showed lower thresholds for professional help-seeking in those who had previously received psychological treatment than in those treated with antidepressants only and non-clinical controls. Perceived stigma was negatively associated with help-seeking. Depressed mood was associated with delayed help-seeking and symptom recognition, even in those who had previously received treatment for depression. We conclude that relapse prevention interventions may educate patients about the effects of depression on help-seeking. Further research should clarify the extent to which help-seeking co-varies with depressed mood. More work is needed to reduce the stigma associated with depression.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsSherwood, C., Salkovskis, P. M. and Rimes, K. A.
Uncontrolled Keywordsbeliefs, mood, depression, help-seeking, attitudes
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
ID Code20845


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