Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an important issue of the contemporary medicine. Comorbid conditions are some of the factors that adversely impact the disease progression. Currently, researchers place more emphasis on the study of mental disorders that are quite common in COPD patients.
Aim: to perform a comparative analysis of detection of mental disorders in COPD patients by using the questionnaire data and findings of psychiatric examination.
Materials and Methods: we have examined 56 COPD patients. Patients examination included general clinical methods, questionnaires for detecting of mental disorders, psychiatrist examination.
Results: the psychiatrist confirmed the findings for nearly a half of the patients who, according to the questionnaires, had no symptoms of mental disorders; however, more than a half of the patients had various mental disorders though they were not depression and/or anxiety.
At the same time for most COPD patients who, according to the questionnaires, had symptoms of depression and/or anxiety, mental disorders were also confirmed by the psychiatrist, though they were not always depression/anxiety, and no mental disorders were detected in a quarter of patients.