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Depressive symptoms in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH): prevalence and association with functional status


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#1 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 03:57 AM

Depressive symptoms in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH): prevalence and association with functional status. Depression is common in patients with PAH, with 55% demonstrating depressive symptoms. These results suggest that screening patients with PAH will identify a large proportion of patients who might benefit from depression therapy. McCollister dear husband. (PubMed) Psychosomatics. 2010 Jul;51(4):339-339.e8. (Also see: Depression and PAH Symptoms)


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Posted 10 July 2010 - 03:57 AM

I think this article points out the need for us, as PAH patients, to develop good coping strategies and good support systems and to do that, we need to be honest with ourselves, our doctors, and our families. Depression, of any sort, isn't a 'moral' illness that you get because you are weak and just don't 'pull your socks up' and get on with it. Sometimes trying to tough it out backfires on us.

Depression, especially when associated with a chronic, potentially life-threatening illness, is to be expected at some point, I think. But like PAH itself, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can improve quality of life a great deal. There is NO need to suffer.
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#3 Sharon T

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 08:29 AM

Jeannie, I couldn't agree with you more! Effexor and I have become very good friends over the years. I'm quite certain I would be feeling a whole lot worse without it. I've toughed it out quite enough for one lifetime, and now I'll cheerfully accept all the help I can get!
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