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Table 3 The 10 strategies perceived most helpful in coping with enduring MDD

From: Helpful self-management strategies to cope with enduring depression from the patients’ point of view: a concept map study

Cluster Number Mean (SD) 1 Strategies
1 46 4.08 (1.19) Take the signals of my depression seriously
2 28 4.00 (1.20) Maintaining long-term professional support
1 22 3.96 (1.48) Acknowledging that depression is a disease
5 18 3.72 (1.56) Leaving the house regularly
2 7 3.68 (1.26) Finding a therapist with whom I feel connection
3 24 3.68 (1.58) Ensuring enough rest to avoid exhaustion through over-exertion
4 6 3.64 (1.03) Informing close family/friends about my depression
3 15 3.56 (1.29) Setting realistic short-term goals
4 50 3.52 (1.45) Explaining my depression to family/friends
4 25 3.48 (1.45) Involving close family/friends in my treatment
  1. 1Mean priority per strategy with standard deviation (SD).