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This study investigates patients' attitudes toward emotional problems, psychotherapy, antidepressants, and alternative treatment approaches. Eighty-seven depressed subjects and 91 nondepressed subjects were interviewed. Among the depressed patients, psychotherapy was the most frequently preferred treatment (29%) and most common factor reported to improve emotional well-being (36%). Antidepressants were rarely mentioned as a preferred treatment (6%) or factor improving well-being (11%). Thirty-eight percent of the depressed patients attributed their impaired mood to health problems. Within the patient subgroup recovered from depression, 31% preferred psychotherapy and 0% antidepressant medication. Health care providers might consider this distinct preference for psychotherapy and an appropriate treatment of comorbid physical conditions.