Mental Health, Medical Illness, and Treatment with a Focus on Depression and Anxiety

G. Ironson, C. Fitch

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This article discusses mental health issues (anxiety, depression, and other psychological phenomena) and their relation to medical illnesses (cancer, coronary heart disease, human immunodeficiency virus, and diabetes). We explore the prevalence of these mental disorders in the context of each of the medical illnesses, examine how mental health disorders might affect the onset and course of the medical illnesses, and address whether treatment of the underlying mental health disorder might have effects on the course of the medical illness. Lastly, we discuss the clinical implications of comorbid mental disorders and medical illnesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780123970459
ISBN (Print)9780123977533
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Anxiety
  • CHD
  • Cancer
  • Comorbidity
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • HIV
  • Medical illness
  • Mental health
  • Prevalence
  • Progression
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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