Clinical Case Database / Category: Patient Management
Diagnosis and management of anxiety and depression in patients with physical illness
Dr Alifa Isaacs-Itua BM BS, LLDip, BA (Hons), Dr Jim Bolton MB BS, BSc(Hons), FRCPsyc
Foundation Years Journal, volume 4, issue 8, p.9 (123Doc Education, London, September 2010)
Patients with physical illnesses have higher rates of depression and anxiety, particularly those with a history of mental illness. Physical and psychological co-morbidity are associated with a poorer physical outcome and an increased use of health care resources. Foundation doctors play an important role in identifying patients with anxiety and depression in the context of physical ill health. This can be achieved by observation and careful enquiry about psychiatric symptoms. We describe a case of a patient whose initial recovery and rehabilitation was hindered by anxiety and depression.
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Dr Alifa Isaacs-Itua BM BS, LLDip, BA (Hons)
Dr Jim Bolton MB BS, BSc(Hons), FRCPsyc
Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist & Honorary Senior Lecturer
Department of Liaison Psychiatry
St Helier Hospital
Surrey SM5 1AA
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