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Study Highlights Believing Biological Cause of Depression May Lead to Less Stigma

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What we learned: A new study published in the Journal of Mental Health investigated attitudes about depression among 319 participants.

Of those included in the study, nearly 50% had lived experience of depression and others had a loved one with depression. The goal of the study was to determine how beliefs about the cause of depression impacts stigma and people’s willingness to get care.

Beliefs and attitudes may influence decisions people make about whether to seek treatment for their own depression. They may also affect their reactions toward depressed individuals, including prejudice and discrimination. — study co-author Richard Contrada The Frontlines: Depression affects more than 16 million people in the U.S.

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