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Mood Disorders

Alan D. Valentine

in Psycho-Oncology

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print December 2014 | ISBN: 9780199988730
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190202767 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199988730.003.0006

Series: APOS Clinical Reference Handbooks

Mood Disorders

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Mood disorders are associated with adverse clinical outcomes, increased costs, and increased emotional burden for patients and caregivers. The differential diagnosis of depression-like presentations in cancer can be challenging. Accurate diagnosis can be difficult, but it is important because treatment will vary depending on the actual cause of symptoms. Barriers to treatment include cultural factors and a presumption that depression is a natural consequence of cancer. Lack of agreed-upon screening instruments, lack of infrastructure for psychosocial support, and uncertainty about diagnosis and cost also add barriers

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Psychiatry

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