Depression in the patient with rheumatologic disease

Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 1999 Aug;25(3):687-702, x. doi: 10.1016/s0889-857x(05)70093-4.


Depression is commonly seen in patients with chronic disease, including rheumatologic disease. Because of ongoing contact with their patients, rheumatologists are uniquely poised to recognize depressive disorders and formulate a treatment plan. Recent advances in pharmacotherapy have simplified management and increased the likelihood of successful treatment. Through heightened awareness, rheumatologists can feel more comfortable in diagnosing and initiating therapy for depression.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / drug therapy
  • Depressive Disorder / etiology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Rheumatic Diseases / complications
  • Rheumatic Diseases / psychology*


  • Antidepressive Agents