Who talks to a doctor about existing depressive illness?

Kathleen K. Bucholz, Lee N. Robins

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Data on respondents from household and institutional samples from the St. Louis Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study who reported a depressive spell within the last year were analyzed to determine the type of recent depressive symptoms, sociodemographic and personal characteristics related to recent discussion with a doctor about depressive illness. Symptoms of lost appetite or substantial weight loss, being female and separated or widowed, and not using the Emergency Room as a usual source of care encouraged a recent discussion. Comparison with findings from studies of general mental health services use suggests that influences on help-seeking may vary across psychiatric disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-250
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of affective disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1987


  • Depressive illness
  • Help-seeking


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