Dr. Gary Small, M.D.

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Gary Small, M.D., is Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Physician in Chief for Behavioral Health Services at Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive and integrated healthcare network. Dr. Small has often appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, and CNN and is co-author (with his wife Gigi Vorgan) of 10 popular books, including New York Times bestseller, “The Memory Bible,” “The Small Guide to Anxiety,” and “The Small Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease.”

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Why Depression is Often Overlooked

Dr. Small By Thursday, 16 May 2019 04:40 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Because the symptoms of depression can be confused with other physical and mental illnesses, the diagnosis is often overlooked, and treatment thus delayed.

For instance, one study showed doctors frequently fail to recognize mood problems in cancer patients.

Researchers at University Hospital Cancer Center in Newark, N.J., looked at 400 patients ages 20 to 86 who were receiving cancer treatment.

They found 40 percent were suffering from depression. But 75 percent of the depressed patients received neither a diagnosis nor treatment.

Other research has shown that the rate of depression is at least twice as high in cancer patients as the general population.

Many people believe that suffering from a mental disorder like depression is a sign of weakness. As a result, they hide their symptoms from friends, family members, and even their doctors because they feel stigmatized.

Some depressed people also feel guilt because they can’t pull themselves out of the condition through their own will power.

But the truth is guilt and misperceptions about depression are often symptoms of the disorder.

Unfortunately, these kinds of attitudes delay treatment that can save lives. That’s because people with untreated depression have higher rates of mortality than those who receive treatment.

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ecause the symptoms of depression can be confused with other physical and mental illnesses, the diagnosis is often overlooked, and treatment thus delayed.
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Thursday, 16 May 2019 04:40 PM
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