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Perceived Barriers to Care for Depression: Reasons for Nondisclosure
Psychiatric News
Volume 46 Number 21 page 18b-18

  • The doctor might put me on medicines that I'd rather not take.

  • I do not feel it is my doctor's job to deal with emotional problems.

  • My medical records might be seen by others such as an employer.

  • The doctor might send me to a counselor, psychologist, or social worker.

  • The doctor might send me to a psychiatrist.

  • I would not want to be considered a "psychiatric patient."

  • I would not want to tell private information to my doctor.

  • I might cry or become too emotional during the visit.

  • I would not know how to bring up the topic of depression to my doctor.

  • I would not want to distract the doctor from taking care of my physical health problems.

  • The doctor might think less of me if I brought up my depression symptoms.

Source:Annals of Family Medicine, September/October 2011

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