Help-seeking behaviour in patients with anxiety disorder and depression
Article first published online: 19 OCT 2004
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 111, Issue 1, pages 51–58, January 2005
How to Cite
Roness, A., Mykletun, A. and Dahl, A. A. (2005), Help-seeking behaviour in patients with anxiety disorder and depression. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 111: 51–58. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2004.00433.x
- Issue published online: 19 OCT 2004
- Article first published online: 19 OCT 2004
- Accepted for publication June 21, 2004
- anxiety disorders;
- health services needs;
Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate help-seeking behaviour among persons with anxiety disorder and depression based on self-rating in a Norwegian population (the HUNT study).
Method: Of the 92 100 inhabitants aged 20–89 years invited, 65 648 (71.3%) took part. Among them 60 869 (66.1%) persons delivered valid ratings on hospital anxiety and depression scale, and had answered the requested help for mental problems question.
Results: Among HUNT attenders 13% of those with depression and 25% with anxiety disorders had been help seekers. Help seeking was only non-significantly associated with demographic or other variables.
Conclusion: Most persons with anxiety disorder and/or depression in the population had not sought help for their mental disorders, but the disparity between use and need of health service must not be overassessed. Improvement of the help-seeking rate for common mental disorder should have high priority in mental health politics.