Depression in the Medically Ill: One Illness, Many Faces and Our Image!

Umi Adzlin S


“Could you please see this poorly controlled diabetic patient who is refusing to take his medications because he does not care and does not want to live anymore?”

“Please come and see this post stroke patient who has been noted to be crying from time to time. “

Those are typical consult requests. A challenging task all the way from making the right diagnosis to selecting appropriate treatment, managing depression in the medically ill is becoming more and more a part of a day’s work for psychiatrists serving in general hospitals.


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