Depression in medical patients

Depressive illness is usually treatable. It is common and results in marked disability, diminished survival, and increased healthcare costs. As a result, it is essential that all doctors have a basic understanding of its diagnosis and management. In patients with physical illness depression may

  • Be a coincidental association
  • Be a complication of physical illness
  • Cause or exacerbate somatic symptoms (such as fatigue, malaise, or pain).

Comment in Most patients depressed by cancer do not need drugs. [BMJ. 2002]

Robert Peveler, Alan Carson, Gary Rodin | 2002
In: BMJ, ISSN 0959-8138 | 325 | 7356 | Jul | 149
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