Managing depression in physical illness

by Dr Janet Butler and Dr Annabel Price


This is a substantial revision of a previous module by Dr Siobhán MacHale and Dr Roger Smyth. The authors acknowledge their contribution.


Last updated: October 2019


Depression is more common in people with physical health problems than in the general population. However, the diagnosis is often missed or the treatment is inadequate.


This module aims to help general psychiatrists in the diagnosis and management of depression in people with significant physical illness.


In this module we will look at:


  • the relationship between physical and depressive illness


  • how to recognise depression in people with physical illness


  • ways to manage and treat depression in physically ill patients 


  • prescribing in physical illness.


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Pharmacological treatment of resistant depression – an overview by Professor Philip J. Cowen


Depression in children and adolescents: Part 1 & Part 2 by Dr Raphael Kelvin


Feeling better – Lifestyle management for chronic mental disorders by Dr Ursula Werneke


Treating depression in later life by Dr Cathy Symonds and Professor Julian Hughes



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