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.