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Articles  |   August 2003
The Challenge of Comorbid Disorders in Patients With Depression
Author Notes
  • Correspondence to Murray H. Rosenthal, DO, Medical Director and CEO, BMR HealthQuest, 3625 Ruffin Rd, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92123-1841.E-mail: rosenthal@bmrhealthquest.com 
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Psychiatry
Articles   |   August 2003
The Challenge of Comorbid Disorders in Patients With Depression
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2003, Vol. 103, S10-S15. doi:
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2003, Vol. 103, S10-S15. doi:
Abstract

Depression is common in medically ill patients, and it presents a particular challenge to the primary care physician. Depression may exacerbate cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and irritable bowel syndrome. Also, it may cause a poorer prognosis of each of these disorders. It is therefore recommended that depression screening be incorporated into a treatment plan for all these conditions, because treatment of depressive symptoms will improve patient quality of life and the outcome of other comorbid illness.

 Dr Rosenthal has a financial interest/arrangement or other affiliation with Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc, in the form of grant/research, consultant, and speakers bureau.