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Table 2 Frequency distribution of correct answers to the depression literacy scale

From: Level and predictors of mental health literacy of depression and suicide among undergraduate medical students

Items Frequency of correct answers (%)
1. People with depression often speak in a rambling and disjointed way 118 (32.6)
2. People with depression may feel guilty when they are not at fault 312 (86.4)
3. Reckless and foolhardy behavior is a common sign of depression 86 (23.8)
4. Loss of confidence and poor self-esteem may be a symptom of depression 342 (94.7)
5. Not stepping on cracks in the footpath may be a sign of depression 99 (27.4)
6. People with depression often hear voices that are not there 145 (40.2)
7. Sleeping too much or too little may be a sign of depression 349 (96.7)
8. Eating too much or losing interest in food may be a sign of depression 347 (96.1)
9. Depression does not affect your memory and concentration 0 (0.0)
10. Having several distinct personalities may be a sign of depression 0 (0.0)
11. People may move more slowly or become agitated as a result of their depression 319 (88.4)
12. Clinical psychologists can prescribe antidepressants 0 (0.0)
13. Moderate depression disrupts a person’s life as much as multiple sclerosis or deafness 129 (35.7)
14. Most people with depression need to be hospitalized 0 (0.0)
15. Many famous people have suffered from depression 324 (89.8)
16. Many treatments for depression are more effective than antidepressants 0 (0.0)
17. Counselling is as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy for depression 0 (0.0)
18. Cognitive behavioral therapy is as effective as antidepressants for mild to moderate depression 0 (0.0)
19. Of all the alternative and lifestyle treatments for depression, vitamins are likely to be the most helpful 0 (0.0)
20. People with depression should stop taking antidepressants as soon as they feel better 0 (0.0)
21. Antidepressants are addictive 0 (0.0)
22. Antidepressant medications usually work straightaway 0 (0.0)