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Can depression affect your immune system?

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Many of the physical changes caused by depression, such as insomnia or a lack of deep sleep, are thought to weaken your immune system. This can make existing illnesses worse. In turn, physical changes caused either by depression or chronic disease can trigger or worsen depression. All these changes can lead to a cycle that's tough to break without treatment for both depression and any other diseases.

SOURCES:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Mood Disorders and Other Illnesses."

Wulsin, L.R. Vanderbilt University Press, 2007. Treating the Aching Heart: A Guide to Depression, Stress, and Heart Disease,

Cleveland Clinic: "Chronic Illness and Depression."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Mood Disorders and Other Illnesses."

Wulsin, L.R. Vanderbilt University Press, 2007. Treating the Aching Heart: A Guide to Depression, Stress, and Heart Disease,

Cleveland Clinic: "Chronic Illness and Depression."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

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