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Vol 2, No 2 (2003): Polish Palliative Medicine
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Published online: 2003-02-05
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Depressive syndrome in terminally ill patients

Krystyna de Walden-Gałuszko
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2003;2(2):87-91.

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Vol 2, No 2 (2003): Polish Palliative Medicine
Artykuły poglądowe
Published online: 2003-02-05

Abstract


Depression is common psychiatric problem in terminally ill patients — mainly as adjustment disorder (according to DSM-IV and ICD-10 criteria) but it is rarely diagnosed and treated. Indirect causes include psychological, social, spiritual and biological (eg. porly controlled pain) factors. There are different types of depression: hyperactive, hypoactive and “masked depression”. The most effective treatment of depression yield its clinical picture. Pharmacotherapy has to be completed by support and counseling (psychoeducation, katharsis, life-review, distraction, stimulation to activity).

Abstract


Depression is common psychiatric problem in terminally ill patients — mainly as adjustment disorder (according to DSM-IV and ICD-10 criteria) but it is rarely diagnosed and treated. Indirect causes include psychological, social, spiritual and biological (eg. porly controlled pain) factors. There are different types of depression: hyperactive, hypoactive and “masked depression”. The most effective treatment of depression yield its clinical picture. Pharmacotherapy has to be completed by support and counseling (psychoeducation, katharsis, life-review, distraction, stimulation to activity).
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Keywords

depression; terminally ill patients; assessment; management

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Title

Depressive syndrome in terminally ill patients

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 2, No 2 (2003): Polish Palliative Medicine

Pages

87-91

Published online

2003-02-05

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2003;2(2):87-91.

Keywords

depression
terminally ill patients
assessment
management

Authors

Krystyna de Walden-Gałuszko

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