Intervention for Depression in Medically Ill Patients

Zainal NZ

Abstract


Prevalence of depression in medically ill patients is 3-4 folds higher than the general population. Clinical depression affects 20%-30% of patients with chronic diseases. Unfortunately, physicians commonly have difficulties detecting depression in medically ill patients. Symptoms such as tiredness or fatigue, poor appetite, loss of weight and frequent disturbed sleep are common clinical presentation of a physically sick person. Being depressed could have been accepted as a normal reaction to medical illness. As a result, the patient may have been left alone to deal with their own emotional turmoil.

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