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What is the risk of depression if you have a chronic illness?

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A chronic illness lasts a long time and usually isn’t curable. And more severe your illness, the higher your chances of having depression as well. One out of 3 or 4 people who have a chronic illness also are depressed. That’s especially likely if you have a history of depression.

Depression caused by chronic disease often makes the condition worse, especially if the illness causes pain and fatigue or it limits a person's ability to interact with others. Depression can worsen your pain and tiredness. You also may isolate yourself socially, which can deepen your depression.

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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