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Article: How does depression present in general practice?

TitleHow does depression present in general practice?
Authors
KeywordsDepression
General practice
Somatization
Chinese
Issue Date1998
PublisherHong Kong Medical Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkmj.org.hk
Citation
Hong Kong Medical Journal, 1998, v. 1 n. 3, p. 225-229 How to Cite?
AbstractThis was a retrospective study of the records of Chinese patients diagnosed as having depression in a general practice clinic in Hong Kong. The records of 66 newly diagnosed patients during the period September 1, 1992 to April 30, 1994 were reviewed for their initial presenting symptoms and depressive symptoms. Ninety-four per cent of the patients with depression initially presented with somatic symptoms. The spectrum of complaints was broad with symptoms referred to various organ systems. The most common presenting complaint was sleep disturbance. Ninety per cent of the patients had three or more DSM-III-R depressive symptoms. One third satisfied the DSM-III-R criteria for depression by having five or more symptoms. The study showed that general practice patients with depression have a broad spectrum of illnesses with a wide variety of presentations, symptomatology, and severity. Chinese patients with depression tend to present initially with somatic symptoms but admit to having psychological symptoms on further exploration. General practitioners need to ask specifically for psychological symptoms in order to detect the hidden depression of many Chinese patients.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/45161
ISSN
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.279

 

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dc.contributor.authorLam, CLKen_HK
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dc.date.available2007-10-30T06:18:39Z-
dc.date.issued1998en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Medical Journal, 1998, v. 1 n. 3, p. 225-229en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1024-2708en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThis was a retrospective study of the records of Chinese patients diagnosed as having depression in a general practice clinic in Hong Kong. The records of 66 newly diagnosed patients during the period September 1, 1992 to April 30, 1994 were reviewed for their initial presenting symptoms and depressive symptoms. Ninety-four per cent of the patients with depression initially presented with somatic symptoms. The spectrum of complaints was broad with symptoms referred to various organ systems. The most common presenting complaint was sleep disturbance. Ninety per cent of the patients had three or more DSM-III-R depressive symptoms. One third satisfied the DSM-III-R criteria for depression by having five or more symptoms. The study showed that general practice patients with depression have a broad spectrum of illnesses with a wide variety of presentations, symptomatology, and severity. Chinese patients with depression tend to present initially with somatic symptoms but admit to having psychological symptoms on further exploration. General practitioners need to ask specifically for psychological symptoms in order to detect the hidden depression of many Chinese patients.en_HK
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dc.publisherHong Kong Medical Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkmj.org.hken_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectDepressionen_HK
dc.subjectGeneral practiceen_HK
dc.subjectSomatizationen_HK
dc.subjectChineseen_HK
dc.titleHow does depression present in general practice?en_HK
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