1 in 3 hospital patients suffers symptoms of depression: study

New research out of Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles has found one in three hospitalized patients experiences symptoms including feeling hopeless, having little interest in activities and problems eating and sleeping.

“One thing we notice is when people have down moods, they’re actually less likely to take care of themselves,” said Dr. Waguih IsHak, lead author of the study. IsHak says patients with depressive symptoms are less likely to take medication or keep up with outpatient appointments.

“The end result is more frequent emergency department visits because their health deteriorates, and then they tend to stay longer in hospital…later on because their situation becomes a little more complicated.”

Dawn Mendenhall says she’s not surprised by the study’s findings.

The Calgary woman suffers from diabetes, endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. She has experienced lengthy hospital stays on several occasions. Feeling depressed, she says, has impacted her care.

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