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Psychological symptoms 

Psychological symptoms
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Psychological symptoms
Author(s):

Richard D.W. Hain

and Satbir Singh Jassal

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198745457.003.0013
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date: 07 June 2020

Disorders of the psyche (particularly depression and anxiety) are relatively common amongst children with life-limiting conditions. Most of the tools available for evaluating or assessing them in palliative medicine were developed for adults, as were strategies for treating them. The ideal practice is to collaborate with local child and adolescent mental health services in the management of all such children. This chapter covers management of psychological conditions, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and terminal delirium. For each symptom, causes or general points are detailed, with recommendations on pharmacological approaches covered in detail.

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