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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 278-281

A Study of Major Physical Disorders Among the Elderly Depressives


1 Psychiatrist, Mental Health Institute, Department of Psychiatry, S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack 753 007, India
2 Research Scholar, Mental Health Institute, Department of Psychiatry, S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack 753 007, India
3 Professors Head, Additional Superintendent, Mental Health Institute, Department of Psychiatry, S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack 753 007, India
4 Professor, Mental Health Institute, Department of Psychiatry, S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack 753 007, India

Correspondence Address:
Ramanand Satapthy
Psychiatrist, Mental Health Institute, Department of Psychiatry, S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack 753 007
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


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Psychiatric evaluation and assessment of common physical illnesses and disabilities was carried out in elderly depressives (aged 60 years and above). Correlation, if any, was seen between depression and physical problems. The 'patient group' comprised of 40 drawn from MHI, Cuttack, having a depressive disorder (ICD-10). The 'control group' of 20 was drawn from the general population with no psychiatric disorder. The presence of physical illness was looked for in both groups. The patient group had physical illnesses, 76% of which were previously undiagnosed. The control group had physical illnesses 71% of which were previously diagnosed. Undiagnosed physical illnesses are more common among elderly patients with depression than among matched control. The physical illnesses contributed in two thirds of the patients. So careful detection and management of physical illness is of equal importance in the management of depression.



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