Rosenthal MH. The Challenge of Comorbid Disorders in Patients With Depression. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2003;103(8_suppl_4):S10-S15. doi: .
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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.
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