Demoralization and Depression in Cancer

David Kissane, Matthew Doolittle

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In this chapter, we focus on two intertwined but distinguishable phenomena: depression and demoralization. Depression is an identifiable set of perceptions and experiences subject to screening and management. The discussion of depression is instrumental: what actions to take or not to take and what strategies to deploy or not to deploy in the interest of solving a problem that has already emerged. The discussion of demoralisation is observational: what stories to hear and what morals to perceive so that the ruptured threads of the sufferer s life can be woven back together in a pattern that is coherent even if the mender is highly conspicuous.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsycho-oncology
EditorsThomas N Wise, Massimo Biondi, Anna Costantini
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherAmerican Psychiatric Publishing
Pages91 - 115
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9781585624232
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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