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What is it like to live with chronic illness and depression?

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Depression, disability, and chronic illness form a vicious cycle. Chronic medical conditions can bring on bouts of depression, which, in turn get in the way of successful treatment of the disease.

Living with a chronic illness is a challenge, and it's normal to feel grief and sadness as you come to grips with your condition and its implications. But if these feelings don't go away, or you are having trouble sleeping or eating, or you've lost interest in the activities you normally enjoy, seek help.

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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