What is it about?

When someone is diagnosed with Pulmonary Tuberculosis, the initial reaction may be despair, hopelessness or guilt. The symptoms experienced may be severe enough to be diagnosed with Depression. Such individuals in some society may experience actual stigma from the society; importantly, they may themselves perceive being stigmatized. These experiences, affect adherence to prescribed treatment.

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Why is it important?

Depression and internalized stigma negatively affects the adherence to prescribed treatment. This may lead to conversion of drug sensitive pulmonary tuberculosis to treatment resistant. Intervention may include awareness among public and the affected individual and mental health intervention for depression.

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This page is a summary of: Internalized and Perceived Stigma and Depression in Pulmonary Tuberculosis: Do They Explain the Relationship Between Drug Sensitivity Status and Adherence?, Frontiers in Psychiatry, May 2022, Frontiers,
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.869647.
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