DDepression

(1) Patient reactions. The patient:

(a) May be anxious to put affairs in order.

(b) Sense a great loss--(income, business, hair, limb, function, life).

(c) Have feelings of sadness and guilt over not having provided for family. He may make a will or update one.

(2) Health care provided by the medical specialist.

(a) Allow the patient to mourn, cry, and talk about losses.

(b) If possible, help patient take care of putting affairs in order.

(c) Provide emotional support.

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