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Psychosomatics. 2009 Mar-Apr;50(2):166-8. doi: 10.1176/appi.psy.50.2.166.

Caregiver status: a potential risk factor for extreme self-neglect.

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  • 1Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, TUH-Episcopal Campus, Temple Univ. School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Family caregivers are known to be at risk for physical illness and emotional distress caused by the extreme demands of the caregiving task.

OBJECTIVE:

The authors present the case of a middle-aged, well-educated woman with advanced endometrial cancer, the symptoms of which she had ignored over an extended period of time because of her family obligations.

METHOD:

The patient was treated with systemic chemotherapy and was evaluated for depression and subsequent delirium.

RESULTS:

The patient was informed about her poor prognosis and was transferred to a skilled nursing facility.

DISCUSSION:

The authors conclude that the caretaking responsibility, along with a low-grade depression, contributed to her delayed presentation and treatment.

PMID:
19377027
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