Is your 42-year-old patient with well-controlled hypertension and type 2 diabetes dealing with a mood disorder that should be regarded as a psychiatric illness – or is she experiencing demoralization and grief?
In this installment of Mental Health Consult, the patient screens positive for depression but is ambivalent about taking antidepressants. In addition, the patient believes she has a number of coping resources that she can utilize. Finding out whether there is a need for an evidence-based psychotherapy, medication, or if other interventions are appropriate requires four key questions when taking a history.
Our expert panel from George Washington University, Washington, includes, chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; , director of the division of general internal medicine; and , medical director of psychiatric and behavioral services.