Anxiety and Adjustment Disorders

Steven D. Passik, Kenneth L. Kirsh and Mari Lloyd-Williams

in Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care

Second edition

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216420
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730306 | DOI:
Anxiety and Adjustment Disorders

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This chapter examines issues concerning anxiety and adjustment disorders experienced by patients in palliative care. Several studies have found that patients with advanced cancer often have co-morbid psychiatric problems including a high frequency of adjustment disorders and anxiety. While the identification of these disorders can be done by oncology staff, it is advisable for palliative care practitioners to work with other professionals, such as psychiatrists and psychologists, to provide appropriate mental health care and enhance the quality of life of the patient and family.

Keywords: anxiety disorders; adjustment disorders; palliative care; oncology; mental health care; psychiatrists; psychologists; quality of life; patients

Chapter.  5307 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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