Managing Pshyciatric Disorders in Primary Care

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Prevalence of Depression in Selected Populations :

Condition

Prevalence (%)

Cancer

20-38

Chronic fatigue syndrome

17-46

Chronic pain

21-32

Coronary artery disease

16-19

Cushing’s syndrome

67

Dementia

11-40

Diabetes mellitus

24

Epilepsy

55

Hemodialysis

6.5

HIV infection

30

Huntington’s disease

41

Hyperthyroidism

31

Multiple sclerosis

6-57

Parkinson’s disease

28-51

Stroke

27

When depression is causally related to another illness hypothyroidism, for example, treatment of the underlying condition may be enough to produce improvement of mood. In

other cases, depression may take an independent, progressive course requiring initiation of mood-altering medication and frequent patient reevaluation. The greatest challenge for primary care providers is to distinguish between normal reactions to a
major illness, such as sadness and lack of activity, and symptoms of persistent clinical depression.

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PlainJane 

This was a very helpful article in doing an assignment for Abnormal Psychology at Colorado Technical University in my RN to BSN program. Thank you.

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