Journal article

Perspectives of young people on depression: awareness, experiences, attitudes and treatment preferences

Ian B Hickie, Georgina M Luscombe, Tracey A Davenport, Jane M Burns, Nicole J Highet

EARLY INTERVENTION IN PSYCHIATRY | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

AIM: Ascertaining current knowledge and attitudes towards depression among young people is vital for developing campaigns promoting community awareness and early intervention. METHODS: Cross-sectional computer-assisted telephone interviews of persons aged 18-90 years were conducted by beyondblue in Australia in 2002 and 2004/05. Items assessed consideration of depression as a major general health or mental health problem, knowledge about prevalence of depression, usual age of onset for depression or anxiety and treatment preferences. RESULTS: The surveys included 2003 and 3200 persons, respectively, with 285 and 400 aged between 18 and 25 years. Depression was not recognized by young persons..

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