|To your good health: Depression can play role in making helath decisions|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
DEAR DR. ROACH: As a psychiatrist, please allow me to offer the benefit of my expertise regarding the 90-year-old man who refused potentially life-saving surgery for bladder cancer.
While it is certainly the patientís decision, it was not clear from the letter whether his doctors had considered the possibility of depression having influenced his decision. This is very common in old age and often can be addressed with a brief psychotherapeutic intervention, depending on the cause and severity.
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