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What are treatment options for chronic illness and depression?

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Depression is treated much the same way for someone who is chronically ill as someone who isn't. Early diagnosis and treatment can ease distress along with the risk of complications and suicide. Many times, depression treatment can improve your overall medical condition.

When depressive symptoms are related to the physical illness or the side effects of medication, your doctor may need to adjust or change your treatment. When the depression is a separate problem, it can be treated on its own. More than 80% of people with depression can be treated successfully with medicine, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. Antidepressant drugs usually take effect within a matter of weeks. You should work closely with your doctor or psychiatrist to find the most effective medication.

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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