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

Written by: Petros Skapinakis, MD, MPH, PhD, 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.

Question:

 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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