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Table 1 Agreement with the statement ‘it is acceptable for prescription drugs to be used in the treatment of depression’ according to ‘familiarity’ and ‘attitudes towards over-diagnosis’

From: Over-diagnosed and over-treated: a survey of Australian public attitudes towards the acceptability of drug treatment for depression and ADHD

   Acceptable for prescription drugs to treat depression
  N (%) Agree (%) Disagree (%) Don’t know (%)
Total sample 1269 60.9 17.5 21.6
Depression is over-diagnosed  
Agree 732 58.6 24.0 17.3
Disagree 291 77.3 9.6 13.1
Don’t know 109 48.4 7.3 44.3
Familiarity with depression  
Not Familiara 422 51.4 17.3 31.3
Yes – otherb 593 63.2 18.7 18.0
Yes – mec 264 70.8 15.2 14.0
Age category     
18 – 34 101 74.3 13.9 11.9
35 – 44 199 70.4 10.1 19.6
45 – 54 262 67.2 14.5 18.3
55+ 708 54.2 20.9 24.9
  1. aNot familiar = I don’t know anyone who has been treated for depression with prescription drugs.
  2. bYes – other = I personally know someone who has been treated for depression with prescription drugs.
  3. cYes – me = I have been treated for depression with prescription drugs.