Abstract: Objective: Pain and depression are prevalent and treatable symptoms among patients with cancer yet they are often undetected and undertreated. The Indiana Cancer Pain and Depression (INCPAD) trial demonstrated that telecare management can improve pain and depression outcomes.

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Abstract: Objective: Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses. The reliability and the validity of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)-9, a depression screening tool, have not been examined in the general population in China.

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Abstract: Objective: Depression is a highly prevalent disorder that is associated with disability. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between depression and hyperlipidemia, and whether the onset of depression is associated with administering statins to patients with hyperlipidemia.Material and Methods: The data analyzed in this study were retrieved from the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) in Taiwan.

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Importance Each year, millions of persons worldwide seek compensation for transport accident and workplace injuries. Previous research suggests that these claimants have worse long-term health outcomes than persons whose injuries fall outside compensation schemes. However, existing studies have substantial methodological weaknesses and have not identified which aspects of the claiming experience may drive these effects.

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Abstract: Objective: The objective was to investigate impulsiveness among chronic hepatitis C (CHC) patients and its association with sociodemographic, clinical and psychopathological factors.Method: Ninety-one CHC individuals were enrolled in a cross-sectional study at a Brazilian public university-based outpatient’s service for infectious diseases. They were assessed using the Barrat Impulsiveness Scale, Brief Fatigue Inventory, Beck Depression Inventory and Hamilton Anxiety Scale. Structured psychiatric interview was performed according to the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview.

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Abstract: Objective: Depression is common in cancer patients but frequently undetected. Consensus regarding validity and optimal thresholds of screening measures is lacking.

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Abstract: Aims: The aims were to examine the effects of psychotherapy on depressive and anxiety symptoms, the occurrence of suicidal ideations and diurnal cortisol patterns in patients with adjustment disorder (AD) with depressed mood.Methods: Participants recruited from an outpatient department of psychiatry at a general hospital were randomly assigned to one of two groups: 34 in psychotherapy group and 37 in control group. The control group consisted of one-session psychoeducation. Psychotherapy included the eight-weekly body–mind–spirit (BMS) group psychotherapy.

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Abstract: Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the current prevalence of major depression and anxiety disorders in patients with euthyroid Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (HT) and euthyroid goiter.Method: The study sample was formed by consecutive 51 and 45 patients who were admitted to the endocrinology outpatient clinic and diagnosed with euthyroid HT and endemic/nonendemic goiter, respectively, and 68 healthy controls. Current diagnoses of psychiatric disorders were determined using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV. Beck Depression Inventory and Beck Anxiety Inventory were applied to the participants.Results: There was a statistically significant difference among the three groups in terms of major depression (P=.001), any mood or anxiety disorder (P=.000), any depressive disorder (P=.020), any anxiety disorder (P=.016) and obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) (P=.013)

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A Case of Delusional Parasitosis in a 58-year-old Woman

Taral R. Sharma, MD, MBA
Clinical Instructor, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville, SC; Staff Psychiatrist, South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Anderson, SC

Michal C. Cieraszynski, DO
Staff Psychiatrist, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Salem, Va.

First published in Primary Psychiatry | October 30, 2013.

Case description

“Ms. A” is a 58 year-old white, divorced, unemployed female, with past psychiatric history of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorder NOS, who presented to emergency department (ED) with complaints of "lice and bugs" crawling from her skin and rectum for several weeks. Read >

Gender Differences in Depression: Implications for Recognizing Male-Type Symptoms in the Clinic

Lisa A. Martin, PhD
Women’s & Gender Studies and Health Policy Studies, University of Michigan, Dearborn, Mich.

First published in Psychiatry Weekly, October 7, 2013, 8(21).


In most prevalence studies of major depressive disorder, roughly twice as many women than men are represented among adults with MDD. This finding is so well established as to appear nearly axiomatic, and, as a result, depression is heavily conceptualized as a female disease. Read >