By Reenita Das

February 8, 2017 


The need for holistic treatment focusing on the person is increasingly

becoming of paramount significance, especially when there is a growing body

of evidence that suggests that physical and mental health are intrinsically

interlinked and that one cannot treat each separately. In fact, most chronic

diseases lead to mental health issues or vice versa. Studies report that

more than 30% of patients suffering from colorectal cancer or coronary heart

disease are prone to depression. Inversely, depressed patients are at a 1.6

times higher risk to develop diabetes or heart disease in their lifetime.

While we continue to focus only on the physical manifestations, we cannot

pay enough attention to the actual silent killer.