Toronto—Growing recognition of bidirectional links between mood and medical disorders lends urgency to efforts to speed recognition of mood disorders in the primary care setting. Surveys show 8 of 10 patients later diagnosed with depression initially present with a physical symptom.
Mood disorders carry a hefty medical burden. They boost patients' risks for obesity, cardiac and cerebrovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, and other medical illnesses, and also exacerbate the severity of these disorders, said David Kupfer, MD, chair of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
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