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Case Histories for Understanding Depression in Primary Care
Author Notes
  • Dr Baron is a professor and the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. 
  • Correspondence to David A. Baron, DO, MSEd, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Temple University Health Sciences Center, 3401 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19140-5103.E-mail: dbaron@unix.temple.edu 
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Articles   |   August 2003
Case Histories for Understanding Depression in Primary Care
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2003, Vol. 103, S16-S18. doi:
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2003, Vol. 103, S16-S18. doi:
Abstract

The chief complaint of depressed patients in a primary care setting is often not their dysphoric mood. Physical complaints are frequently the presenting symptom. Primary care physicians should include a depressive disorder in the differential diagnosis of patients complaining of multiple somatic symptoms, increase in alcohol or drug use, sleep and sexual dysfunction, or reports of anxiety. In the case of acute onset of depression, the physician should first rule out underlying medical illness or medication side effects as the etiology of the symptoms.

 Dr Baron has a financial interest/arrangements or affiliation in the form of: Grant/Research, with AstraZeneca LP, Eli Lilly and Company, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Pfizer Inc, and Purdue Pharma LP. He is a consultant for Eli Lilly and Company, and is on the speakers bureau of Eli Lilly and Company.