The challenge of comorbid disorders in patients with depression.J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2003 Aug; 103(8 Suppl 4):S10-5.JA
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.