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Doctor to Patient: Why Patients May not Mention Their Depression or Other Psychical Problem

Abstract: Some patients do not mention their depression to their doctor because of embarrassment or being afraid of the doctor.

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Doctor to Patient: Why Patients May not Mention Their Depression or Other Psychical Problem

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Written by: , lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. Eva Gerasi, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 30 Jul 2008.

Why do patients not always mention their depression to their doctor? What are the doctor to patient communication problems?

Answer:

There are some reasons that make patients who suffer from depression unwilling to confess their problem to doctors. Some of these reasons are:
  • Embarrassment
  • Somatisation
  • Fear of stigma
  • Fear of annoying doctor
  • Fear of lack of sympathy
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