What is Volunteering?

Category: Lifestyle Modifications

Most popular types: Volunteer Firefighter Volunteering at a no-kill animal shelter Art and Mental Health Charity


Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others without being motivated by financial or material gain. Volunteering generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 7 1
Anxious mood 4 0
Loneliness 3 0
Autism spectrum disorder 1 1
Bipolar disorder 1 0
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder 1 1

Show all 17 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Volunteering

Side effect Patients Percentage
Anxious mood 1
Burn 1
Nervousness 1
Stress 1


Based on patients currently using Volunteering

Dosage Patients Percentage
6 hr weekly 2
2 hr monthly 1
1 other weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Volunteering

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 2
Side effects too severe 1
See all 3 patients who've stopped using Volunteering


Currently using Volunteering

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 3

Stopped using Volunteering

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1
Usually 3
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 3
Not specified 1
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2 patient evaluations for Volunteering

May 31, 2019 (Started Oct 15, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for complex post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for autism spectrum disorder)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 hr Weekly
Advice & Tips: It makes me feel loved and true to my purpose in life. I am currently with autistic children and teenagers and they love me because they see me as a role model. Like, there are many psychologists and teachers there to help them but none of them is autistic, so having an autistic adult to strengthen the bond between the two parts is so beautiful, and I have been lucky enough to be that person. It is especially useful to "repair" my traumas, because most of them are related to not being understood when I was little, and I feel like I am helping others get what I did not get.

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 2, 2009 (Started Jul 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for I feel better about myself because just like if I ever needed help I know that I'm giving back something to the community but I do it for myself. Plus the adrenaline rush)
  • Side effects
    Mild (burn, tunnel vision, nervousness, fight to flight syndrome)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Very intense, gut renching job and can take me to the extremes especially when that MayDay horn is blown and you might have minutes or only just seconds to bailout or evacuate the building. Sometimes you question one's authority and wonder if you're going to make it out alive or not and also seeing the victims is hard on me dead or alive and worst of all especially if you know the person[s].
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: burn, nervousness, fight to flight syndrome, tunnel vision

  • 0 helpful marks
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