What is it about?

Our study looked at how people's health conditions, like how they rate their own health, their physical abilities, and any chronic illnesses they have, are connected to feelings of depression in Indonesia. We collected data from a large group of people and found that those who reported poor health, struggled with physical tasks, or had chronic conditions were more likely to experience symptoms of depression. This highlights the link between physical health and mental well-being, suggesting that improving health could also benefit mental health.

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Why is it important?

Our research delves into a crucial and often overlooked connection: the relationship between physical health and mental well-being. In Indonesia, where mental health awareness is growing, our study sheds light on how personal health conditions, such as self-rated health, physical abilities, and chronic illnesses, are linked to symptoms of depression. By highlighting these connections, we contribute to a better understanding of mental health factors, potentially guiding community-level strategies to improve both physical health and mental well-being. This timely and unique perspective on a pressing issue could resonate with a wide audience interested in holistic health outcomes.


In today's fast-paced world, understanding how personal health conditions influence symptoms of depression is vital. The findings hold importance not only for Indonesia but also for global health discussions. I believe our work contributes a valuable piece to the puzzle of holistic health and underscores the need for comprehensive approaches to well-being.

Mr Ferry Efendi
Universitas Airlangga

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This page is a summary of: Prevalence and determinants of depressive symptoms among adults in Indonesia: A cross‐sectional population‐based national survey, Nursing Forum, September 2020, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/nuf.12508.
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