Major depression and demoralization in cancer patients: Diagnostic and treatment considerations

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Abstract

Major depression and demoralization are very common in patients with cancer. A discussion of the diagnostic specificity of major depression and demoralization (also known as adjustment disorder) is presented here, followed by a review of some effects of comorbid depression and cancer. Finally, there are a brief review of studies of antidepressant pharmacotherapy in cancer patients, a treatment algorithm for antidepressant therapy, and suggestions for treatment of demoralization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-349
Number of pages6
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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Adjustment Disorders
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Keywords

  • Adjustment disorder
  • Antidepressant
  • Cancer
  • Major depression
  • Psychiatry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Nursing(all)

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