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How is chronic illness linked to depression?

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A chronic illness is a condition that lasts for a very long time and usually cannot be cured completely, though it can be managed.

Depression is one of the most common complications of chronic illness. It's estimated that up to one-third of people with a serious medical condition have symptoms of depression.

Serious illness can stress all aspects of your life, including your mobility, independence, and financial freedom. A chronic illness can prevent you from doing the things you enjoy, and lower your self-confidence and a sense of hope. It often can make you sad and desperately worried.. In some cases, the physical effects of the condition itself or the side effects of medication lead to depression, too.

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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