Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 30–34 | Cite as

A Multifactorial Model of the Medical Help-Seeking Behavior of Patients with Depressive and Neurotic Disorders

  • Ya. V. MalyginEmail author
  • D. B. Tsygankov
  • V. L. Malygin
  • S. A. Shamov

Objectives. To identify the factors responsible for the duration of the period from the onset of mental impairments to seeking medical help. Materials and methods. A total of 166 in-patients with neurotic disorders associated with stress and somatoform and affective disorders were studied. Clinical-psychopathological, history-taking, and psychometric methods were used. Results and conclusions. These studies established that a model of the time to seeking medical help by patients with neurotic disorders was multifactorial in nature and was characterized by strong multiple correlations (r = 0.85). The model developed here predicts the time to seeking medical help both individually for each patient and for the group of patients, and this may provide the grounds for creating a program to accelerate medical help-seeking.


seeking medical help coping strategies neurotic disorders depressive disorders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ya. V. Malygin
    • 1
    Email author
  • D. B. Tsygankov
    • 2
  • V. L. Malygin
    • 3
  • S. A. Shamov
    • 3
  1. 1.Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Russian Ministry of HealthMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Mental Health and AddictologyMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Evdokimov Moscow Sate Medical Dental University, Russian Ministry of HealthMoscowRussia

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