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ENT Problems Linked to Depression

ENTIndividuals who experience a range of ear, nose, and throat-related health problems also exhibit a greater prevalence of depression, finds a new research study.

In any given one-year period, approximately 9.5 percent of the population, or about 18.8 million American adults suffer from a depressive illness.

The new study, which analyzed the health of 12,516 distinct otolaryngology patients, found that 30 percent of these patients either had been diagnosed with depressive illness or took antidepressants.

The study further broke down different otolaryngologic diagnoses to determine which conditions had the highest co-morbidity with depression.

Researchers found that patients diagnosed with sleep apnea had the highest levels of depression and use of antidepressant medications (21 percent and 46 percent).

Findings from this study could help clinicians diagnose and treat co-morbid depressive and otolaryngolic symptoms in patients.

Source: American Academy of Otolaryngology

ENT Problems Linked to Depression

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). ENT Problems Linked to Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 16, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/09/22/ent-problems-linked-to-depression/2980.html

 

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