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J Clin Psychiatry. 1984 Mar;45(3 Pt 2):13-7.

Diagnosing depression in the hospitalized patient with chronic medical illness.

Abstract

Symptoms useful in diagnosing depression in the medically ill are reviewed. The DSM-III criteria seem best suited for this purpose; of these, the most useful discriminators among patients with concomitant depression and medical illness are the affective/cognitive symptoms. Less useful are vegetative/somatic symptoms, which do, however, support the diagnosis when they are severe, disproportionate to the medical illness, and temporally related to affective/cognitive symptoms.

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