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New Study: People Reluctant Telling Physicians About Depression

Patients’ Reluctance About Depression

A new study finds that many people are reluctant to tell their physician about their depression, often because they do not want to be prescribed medication. A survey of more than 1,000 adults by researchers at the University of California – Davis learned that 43 percent had at some reluctance about telling their physician about any symptoms of depression. Twenty three percent of responders were worried their physician would prescribe an antidepressant. “Many adults subscribe to beliefs likely to inhibit explicit requests for help from their primary care physician during a depressive episode,” wrote Robert Bell in the Annals of Family Medicine. “Interventions should be developed to encourage patients to disclose their depression symptoms and physicians to ask about depression.”

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