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How can you avoid depression if you have a chronic illness?

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It can be a lot to deal with a long-term illness along with depression. To help lessen the chances of depression, you can:

  • Try not to isolate yourself. Reach out to family and friends, or to support groups.
  • Learn as much as you can about your condition so you can get the best care and gain a sense of control and independence.
  • Make sure that you have medical support from experts you trust and can talk to openly about your ongoing questions and concerns.
  • If you suspect that your medication is bringing you down, talk to your doctor about other possible treatments.
  • Talk with your doctor about pain management.
  • If you think you're depressed, don't wait to get help. Find a therapist or counselor you trust.

SOURCES:

NAtional Alliance on Mental Illness: "Depression and Chronic Illness."

CDC: "Depression."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression and Chronic Pain."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 02, 2017

SOURCES:

NAtional Alliance on Mental Illness: "Depression and Chronic Illness."

CDC: "Depression."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression and Chronic Pain."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 02, 2017

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