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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Dependence Syndrome Perception By Patients Undergoing Treatment [percepção Da Síndrome De Dependência Por Pacientes Em Tratamento]
Author: Fontanella B.J.B.
Mello G.A.
Demarzo M.M.P.
Turato E.R.
Abstract: The perception of the dependence symptoms is a key factor on the treatment seeking process by people who suffer from it, and its understanding is a relevant health issue. Objectives: The aim of the present study is to identify and understand the subjective meanings of the perceived dependence symptoms among patients who have sought treatment. Methods: Qualitative study conducted on an intentional sample of 13 substance dependents seeking formal treatment; in-depth semistructured interviews. Results: The diagnostic criteria on substance dependence were spontaneously reported by the participants. They show a clear understanding of the process of treatment, compulsion and lack in controlling substance-taking behavior; withdrawal state; tolerance; neglect of alternative pleasures or interests; perception of harmful consequences due to substance abuse. Conclusions: The interviewees have a proper understanding on the seeking treatment process and seem to evaluate subjectively and carefully the distress related to the dependence symptoms. These results need special attention of health professionals, especially in primary care settings and, once approached, it may collaborate with treatment searching.
Citation: Jornal Brasileiro De Psiquiatria. , v. 57, n. 3, p. 196 - 202, 2008.
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S0047-20852008000300007
Date Issue: 2008
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