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
Bipolar disorder 1 0
Exercise intolerance 1 0
Fatigue 1 0

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Volunteering

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


Based on patients currently using Volunteering

Dosage Patients
2 hr weekly 2
1 other weekly 1
4 hr weekly 1
6 hr weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Volunteering

Multiple reasons could be selected

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


Currently using Volunteering

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped using Volunteering

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

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 (fight to flight syndrome, nervousness, tunnel vision, burn)
  • 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

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