Depression, demoralisation or adjustment disorder? Understanding emotional distress in the severely medically ill.

Abstract

As emotional distress is often seen as an understandable reaction to a severe or life-threatening illness, clinicians are reluctant to make a diagnosis of depression and resort to alternative diagnoses such as adjustment disorder (AD) or demoralisation. This paper introduces these concepts and critically examines their clinical utility. It concludes that… (More)

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