Physical Symptoms of Depression: Unmet Needs in Special Populations
J Clin Psychiatry 2003;64(suppl 7):12-16
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Over two thirds of people suffering from depression complain of pain with or without reporting
psychological symptoms. Many people have trouble expressing internal emotions, consider mental
illness to be a stigma, or simply assume depressive symptoms relate to their personal situations and
therefore do not seek treatment. Physical symptoms are more prevalent among women, the elderly, the
poor, children, culturally diverse populations, the medically ill, and the imprisoned. Because of a dual
mechanism of action, medications such as duloxetine and venlafaxine may be useful in treating the
physical symptoms as well as depressive symptoms in these special populations.