Demoralization syndrome--a relevant psychiatric diagnosis for palliative care.

  title={Demoralization syndrome--a relevant psychiatric diagnosis for palliative care.},
  author={David Kissane and David M. Clarke and Annette F. Street},
  journal={Journal of palliative care},
  volume={17 1},
Hopelessness, loss of meaning, and existential distress are proposed as the core features of the diagnostic category of demoralization syndrome. This syndrome can be differentiated from depression and is recognizable in palliative care settings. It is associated with chronic medical illness, disability, bodily disfigurement, fear of loss of dignity, social isolation, and--where there is a subjective sense of incompetence--feelings of greater dependency on others or the perception of being a… CONTINUE READING
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