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Table 8 Barriers to seeking professional help for depression

From: Australian adolescents’ beliefs and help-seeking intentions towards peers experiencing symptoms of depression and alcohol misuse

  Agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Disagree
I would solve my problem myself 546 22.2% 1149 46.6% 558 22.7% 189 7.7%
I think I should work out my own problems 573 23.3% 1106 44.9% 593 24.1% 168 6.8%
I’d be too embarrassed to talk to a counsellor 591 24.0% 809 32.8% 594 24.1% 446 18.1%
Adults can’t understand adolescent problems 337 13.7% 705 28.6% 783 31.8% 611 24.8%
Even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t have time to see a counsellor 214 8.7% 580 23.5% 890 36.1% 754 30.6%
A counsellor might make me do what I don’t want to 469 19.0% 876 35.6% 682 27.7% 411 16.7%
I wouldn’t want my family to know I was seeing a counsellor 613 24.9% 654 26.5% 593 24.1% 579 23.5%
I couldn’t afford counselling 294 11.9% 508 20.6% 741 30.1% 896 36.4%
Nothing will change the problems I have 176 7.1% 334 13.6% 794 32.2% 1132 45.9%
If I go to counselling, I might find out I’m crazy 213 8.6% 392 15.9% 778 31.6% 1058 42.9%
If I went for help, the counsellor would not keep my secret 321 13.0% 478 19.4% 616 25.0% 1022 41.5%
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