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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Substance Dependents Seeking For Treatment And Their Perceptions Of Depressive Symptoms [percepção De Sintomas Depressivos Por Dependentes De Substâncias Psicoativas Procurando Tratamento]
Author: Fontanella B.J.B.
Turato E.R.
Abstract: Objective: Knowing the motivations and barriers substance dependents come across when seeking treatment has medical and public health implications. The study's aim was to formulate hypothesis on psychosocial variables forming subjective motivations to treatment related to the depressive symptoms. Methods: A qualitative exploratory study was conducted on an intentional sample of 13 substance dependents looking for formal treatment; transcribed in-depth semi-structured interviews underwent a content analysis. Results: Five categories were formulated, disclosing the possible extension of the relations between depressive symptoms and treatment demand: perceptions of feeling guilty; perceptions of low self-esteem, loss of confidence of nearby people; suicidal and self-harm ideas; perception of causality and chronology of depressive symptoms; a pharmacological logics related to these symptoms. Conclusions: The interviewees have a proper understanding on the seeking treatment process and seem to evaluate subjectively the involved variables, being prominent the evaluation of depressive symptoms' discomfort, hardly communicated or consciously perceived in their particularities. Therefore, it is required a professional attention on this issue, especially in primary care settings. Two hypotheses are formulated: a subpopulation identifies psychoactive substances depressive effects and seek treatment earlier; the identification of mild depressive symptoms agilize the process of seeking help. Representative topics of the formulated categories should be covered in structured questionnaires of further quantitative studies.
Citation: Jornal Brasileiro De Psiquiatria. , v. 54, n. 4, p. 278 - 284, 2005.
Rights: aberto
Date Issue: 2005
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