Belief in the harmfulness of antidepressants: Associated factors and change over 16 years
Nicola J Reavley, Anthony F Jorm
JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2012
BACKGROUND: Negative views of psychiatric medications are a common in many countries and efforts have been made to improve these. Relatively little is known of the changes in beliefs about harmfulness of antidepressant medications. METHODS: A 2011 national survey of 2024 Australian adults assessed beliefs about the helpfulness or harmfulness of antidepressants for a person who is depressed or depressed/suicidal and the associations with sociodemographic characteristics, exposure to depression, recognition of depression, and beliefs about other interventions, long-term outcomes, causes, and stigmatising attitudes. Changes in attitudes since previous surveys (conducted in 1995 and 2003/2004) w..View full abstract
The funding source is a Commonwealth government department. It provided the funding for the study and was not involved in the writing of the paper.Funding for the survey was provided by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.