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Depression: No Two Are Alike
Depression commonly co-occurs with chronic and co-morbid medical illnesses and chronic pain, which can:
- Contribute to the somatic symptoms of depression
- Complicate diagnosis and treatment
- Worsen patients' prognosis
- Hinder recovery
It is critical to:
- Focus on the best methods for recognizing and diagnosing these conditions
- Select appropriate therapies to create comprehensive treatment plans
- Monitor and educate patients to improve their quality of life
Many therapies are available to treat depression, but patients with depression and pain or medical conditions may require a different treatment strategy than those with depression alone.
[Depression, Module B, Pathophysiology] www.athenaforum.com
Depression: The Chicken or the Egg of Depression
In spite of its prevalence, depression is a significantly under-diagnosed and under-treated condition in all practice settings, including managed care.
This is particularly true in primary care where the majority of patients with depression are likely to initiate discussions about symptoms and seek care and resolution.
With depression the underlying question which must always be addressed is whether depression is exacerbating problems with chronic medical conditions or whether the chronic conditions are fostering the depression. This is where the interactions derived from transdisciplinary collaboration are invaluable.
[Depression, Module C, Non-Pharmaceutical Care] www.athenaforum.com