Anxiety and depression

Heidi Solty, Madeline Li and Gary Rodin

in Palliative Medicine

Third edition

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694143
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739255 | DOI:
Anxiety and depression

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This chapter explains with the help of case studies the desired skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to diagnose and manage anxiety and depression in palliative care. It discusses the prevalence and risk factors for anxiety and depression in palliative care, and the clinical significance of untreated anxiety and depression. It considers several questions such as: What psychiatric diagnoses could be considered for the patient? Is sadness a normal part of the process of dying? How to understand the patient's wish to go to sleep and not wake up? How to approach patients who express a desire for hastened death? How to assess suicidality?

Keywords: depression; medical education; anxiety; risk factors; cancer patients

Chapter.  6383 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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