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Table 2 Frequency distribution (%) of the 33 items of MSCQ. N = 256.

From: Attitudes and beliefs among patients treated with mood stabilizers

   Mostly disagree % Rather disagree % Rather agree % Mostly agree % Depressive Mean (SD) Bipolar Mean (SD)
1 As long as you are taking mood stabilizers you do not really know if they are actually necessary 11.5 11.1 23.8 53.0 1.82 (1.02) 2.00 (1.16)
2 My doctor listens properly to what I think about mood stabilizers 5.9 7.1 30.3 56.7 1.52 (0.95) 1.53 (0.80)
3 When you have taken mood stabilizers over a long period of time it is difficult to stop taking them 31.0 19.0 22.7 27.3 2.64 (1.14) 2.69 (1.14)
4 With mood stabilizers my depressions and/or manic episodes disappear 15.3 12.5 40.3 31.9 2.57 (1.15) 1.88 (0.85)*
5 My doctor has made me feel confident that mood stabilizers are the suitable treatment for me 9.5 8.7 28.1 53.7 1.93 (1.11) 1.59 (0.90)*
6 When you take mood stabilizers you have less control over your thoughts and feelings 43.9 18.9 21.3 16.0 3.09 (1.05) 2.98 (1.08)
7 My doctor takes sufficient time to listen to my problems 7.3 6.1 25.7 60.8 1.57 (0.97) 1.48 (0.69)
8 You may take fewer tablets than prescribed on days when you feel better 86.2 5.7 4.5 3.6 3.77 (0.71) 3.79 (0.61)
9 Mood stabilizers can alter your personality 39.3 19.0 24.0 17.8 2.82 (1.17) 2.90 (1.09)
10 My partner agrees that mood stabilizers are a suitable treatment for my condition 7.1 5.9 25.4 61.5 1.75 (0.97) 1.45 (0.79)
11 Mood stabilizers correct the changes that occurred in my brain due to stress or problems 13.7 14.9 34.9 36.5 2.20 (1.05) 1.95 (1.08)
12 My doctor has explained the causes of my disorder sufficiently 18.9 12.9 24.9 43.3 2.00 (1.18) 1.96 (1.11)
13 Your body can become addicted to mood stabilizers 30.8 19.4 16.9 32.9 2.50 (1.29) 2.61 (1.16)
14 My doctor takes sufficient time to discuss my emotional problems 8.7 12.4 26.6 52.3 1.61 (0.92) 1.76 (0.93)
15 My doctor has explained depression and mania sufficiently to me 12.9 11.2 25.8 50.2 1.89 (1.19) 1.81 (1.01)
16 My doctor shows sufficient consideration for my views and feelings about his treatment with mood stabilizers 8.8 7.1 30.8 53.3 1.82 (1.11) 1.64 (0.85)
17 Mood stabilizers help me to worry less about my problems 13.4 15.9 33.7 37.0 2.11 (0.95) 2.10 (1.086)
18 My partner agrees that depressive disorder or bipolar disorder is the correct diagnosis of my condition 16.0 8.9 21.9 53.3 2.34 (1.29) 1.60 (0.89)*
19 I receive sufficient psychological support and encouragement from my doctor 9.2 10.0 28.9 51.9 1.64 (0.97) 1.66 (0.84)
20 My doctor fully understands my condition 7.4 10.3 21.9 60.3 1.55 (0.975) 1.69 (0.92)
21 My doctor strongly emphasises that it is important to take the mood stabilizers regularly 5.7 3.7 20.5 70.1 1.52 (0.98) 1.35 (0.77)
22 My doctor is really interested in my problems 6.6 7.5 22.8 63.1 1.50 (1.00) 1.51 (0.83)
23 If you forget to take the mood stabilizer on a certain day, it is better to take an additional dose the following day 81.6 7.8 6.5 4.1 3.75 (0.69) 3.64 (0.82)
24 Your body can become immune to mood stabilizers 42.3 21.6 19.4 16.7 2.64 (1.16) 3.05 (1.08)*
25 My doctor listens properly when I tell him what it is like to be depressed 9.2 10.5 28.5 51.8 1.70 (1.05) 1.70 (0.88)
26 You may take more tablets than prescribed on days when you feel more depressed 87.1 6.2 2.5 4.1 3.80 (0.55) 3.85 (0.51)
27 My doctor understands my feelings and thoughts in depression and mania perfectly 11.3 11.8 30.7 46.2 1.66 (1.01) 1.88 (0.96)
28 My doctor has explained properly about mood stabilizers, their action and side effects 11.5 11.1 28.0 49.4 1.82 (1.04) 1.75 (1.01)
29 My doctor listens properly to what I consider to be the causes of my depression and/or manias 10.1 8.8 32.5 48.7 1.70 (1.00) 1.78 (0.93)
30 Skipping a day now and again prevents your body from becoming immune to the mood stabilizers 87.5 9.2 2.1 1.3 3.84 (0.53) 3.83 (0.47)
31 I think my depression and/or manic episodes are mainly due to factors associated with my personality 20.3 18.6 34.2 26.8 2.36 (1.14) 2.23 (1.06)
32 My emotional problems are solved by the mood stabilizers 27.5 24.2 30.8 17.5 2.77 (1.05) 2.61 (1.10)
33 Mood stabilizers make me stronger so I will be able to deal more efficiently with my problems 12.8 12.8 39.5 35.0 2.11 (1.02) 1.91 (0.98)
  1. * In items 4, 5, 18 and 24 there are statistically significant differences between depressive and bipolar disorder (P ≤ 0.05). For all other items P > 0.05 in comparisons of depressive and bipolar disorder.