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The Impact of Comorbidity of Depression and Anxiety on Outcomes of Illness

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The impact depression and anxiety can have on outcomes of medical procedures and illness is significant. Older adults do not always present in the same way as a younger population regarding symptoms related to these illnesses. It is not uncommon for health care professionals to miss or ignore a diagnosis of depression or anxiety because they feel the symptoms are fully explained by the situation. A missed diagnosis can have detrimental effects on outcomes, transition back home, and return to functioning.

In this teaching strategy the student will meet Eugene Shaw, an 82 year old former marine who served in the Korean War. This teaching strategy focuses on Eugene’s hospitalization for vascular problems related to his diabetes and subtle hints that he may have an underlying depression or anxiety. The activities are directed at evaluating and better understanding the complexities of these diagnoses compounded with his medical problems. In addition, the student will explore the general impact of stress, depression, and anxiety on outcomes when seen in concert with chronic illness.

The Impact of Comorbidity of Depression and Anxiety on Outcomes of Illness

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