MANAGEMENT OF DEPRESSION IN TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS â€“ A CRITICAL REVIEW
Keywords:Depression, Tricyclic anti-depressants, Psychotherapy, Adverse effects
Depression is a well-recognized risk factor for shortened life span from cancer. Depression is among the main causes of disability in the world leading
to increased suffering and mortality. As per research surveys over the years, prevalence among cancer patients varies widely from 3% to 38% for
major depression and 1.5-52% for depression spectrum syndromes. The need of the hour is to effectively treat depression in cancer patients so that
the quality of life can be improved and thereby patient survival. Both psychological and pharmacological interventions and the combination of both
very much effective in treating depression in cancer patients. A broad range of therapies now exist, and the art of such therapy is the strategic selection
of components from several models to best respond to the needs of the individual patient and his/her family in the specific circumstances, whether
clinical, psychological, spiritual, or social.
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