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The Initial Help Seeking Experiences of Women with Depression.

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Objective: Depression is the most common affective disorder in women and it is twice as common in females as in males. Research shows that the average amount of time it takes for women to seek their initial treatment for depression is between 6 months and several years after the onset of symptoms. The purpose of this study is to better understand the personal experiences which lead women to seek treatment for depression relatively soon after their symptoms began (within 12 months of onset of symptoms).
Methods: In order to better understand the phenomena in question, a multiple case study qualitative methodology was used. Advertisements for potential participants were placed in local newspapers and on Craigslist, a community bulletin website. After initial screening interviews via telephone, nine semi-structured interview participants were selected based upon explicit inclusion criteria. Each interview was audiotaped and transcribed. The transcribed data were analyzed for significant themes using an open-coding method.
Results: Work in progress. Initial data analyses suggest that close relationships with others who had experienced depression was a major determinant in initial help seeking behaviors. The precise nature of this relationship is currently under investigation.
Implications: If researchers can better understand what motivates women with depression to seek help relatively quickly after the onset of initial symptoms, educators, public health specialists and others can create programs which utilize this study's findings to encourage faster help-seeking behaviors.
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Lonie, John. and Moretta, Fantine. "The Initial Help Seeking Experiences of Women with Depression." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA, Jul 05, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p116525_index.html>

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Lonie, J. M. and Moretta, F. , 2006-07-05 "The Initial Help Seeking Experiences of Women with Depression." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p116525_index.html

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Abstract: Objective: Depression is the most common affective disorder in women and it is twice as common in females as in males. Research shows that the average amount of time it takes for women to seek their initial treatment for depression is between 6 months and several years after the onset of symptoms. The purpose of this study is to better understand the personal experiences which lead women to seek treatment for depression relatively soon after their symptoms began (within 12 months of onset of symptoms).
Methods: In order to better understand the phenomena in question, a multiple case study qualitative methodology was used. Advertisements for potential participants were placed in local newspapers and on Craigslist, a community bulletin website. After initial screening interviews via telephone, nine semi-structured interview participants were selected based upon explicit inclusion criteria. Each interview was audiotaped and transcribed. The transcribed data were analyzed for significant themes using an open-coding method.
Results: Work in progress. Initial data analyses suggest that close relationships with others who had experienced depression was a major determinant in initial help seeking behaviors. The precise nature of this relationship is currently under investigation.
Implications: If researchers can better understand what motivates women with depression to seek help relatively quickly after the onset of initial symptoms, educators, public health specialists and others can create programs which utilize this study's findings to encourage faster help-seeking behaviors.

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