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What is the link between depression and chronic illness?

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For some people, a chronic illness can lead to depression. A chronic illness is an illness that lasts a very long time and usually can't be cured completely. Examples of chronic illnesses that may cause depression are diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, lupus, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Hypothyroidism may also lead to depressed feelings.

Researchers think treating the depression may sometimes help the medical illness as well.

From: Causes of Depression WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health: "Causes of Depression" and "What is Depression?"

SAMSHA's National Mental Health Information Center: "Mood Disorders."

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Causes of Depression" and "What is Depression?"

SAMSHA's National Mental Health Information Center: "Mood Disorders."

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

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