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The Relationships between Depression and Anxiety Disorder and Online Social Media for Healthcare

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Objectives: In this study, we investigated the relationships between a diagnosis of depression and anxiety disorder (DAD) and using online social media for healthcare. Online social media functions as a vital method of seeking health and disease information, providing low search costs and convenience for users. Because of these benefits, online social media can provide higher accessibility to people with mental health problems. Methods: We used propensity score matching to adjust for baseline differences and reduce confounding effects between DAD and non-DAD groups. Results: There was a statistically significant relationship between a diagnosis of DAD and the use of online social media. Conclusions: Patients with DAD are regarded as active and empowered decision-makers; social media functions as a vital method of seeking health and disease information, providing low search costs and convenience for users.
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Keywords: COPING STRATEGY; DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY DISORDER; HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS; HEALTH PROMOTION; ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Young Sam Oh, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, Pukyong National University, Busan, South Korea 2: Hyejin Jung, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: July 1, 2020

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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