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Who should you talk to if you or your loved one has clinical depression and a life-threatening illness?

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It's important to talk with your doctor or someone else on your care team about them. Get immediate medical help if you or a loved one is having thoughts of suicide.

Clinical depression in someone who is dying can be treated.

SOURCES:

Marsha Gallagher, LCSW, social worker, Capital Caring, Falls Church, Va.

Tiernan, E. , 2002. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Lan, L.K. , 2002. Palliative Medicine

Bakitas, M. , Aug. 19, 2009. Journal of the American Medical Association

Rosenstein, D. , 2011. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience

Dobkin, R.D. , published online June 15, 2011. American Journal of Psychiatry

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Marsha Gallagher, LCSW, social worker, Capital Caring, Falls Church, Va.

Tiernan, E. , 2002. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Lan, L.K. , 2002. Palliative Medicine

Bakitas, M. , Aug. 19, 2009. Journal of the American Medical Association

Rosenstein, D. , 2011. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience

Dobkin, R.D. , published online June 15, 2011. American Journal of Psychiatry

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

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