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Depression, Pain, and Comorbid Medical Conditions

J Clin Psychiatry 2013;74(2):e03
10.4088/JCP.12049vs3c

Depression commonly co-occurs with medical illnesses and chronic pain, which can contribute to the somatic symptoms of depression, complicate diagnosis and treatment, worsen patients’ prognosis, and hinder recovery. Many therapies are available to treat depression, but patients with depression and pain or medical conditions may require a different treatment strategy than those with depression alone. This activity focuses on the best methods for recognizing and diagnosing these conditions, selecting appropriate therapies to create comprehensive treatment plans, and monitoring and educating patients to improve their quality of life.

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