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What other problems do people with double depression have?

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People with double depression have a far greater sense of hopelessness than people with dysthymia or major depression alone.

The constant stress raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other medical conditions. The changes in their brain and body complicate treatment for a major depressive episode. They're more likely to abuse tobacco, alcohol, or street drugs or have an unhealthy diet.

These health problems make treatment more difficult.

From: Double Depression WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Depression."

Medline Plus: "Dysthymia."

Tamburrino, M. 2009. The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

Klein, D. April 2008. Journal of Psychiatric Research,

The Florida State University: "FSU News: Double Trouble: Hopelessness Key Component of Mood Disorder."

Columbia University Medical Center: "Q an A about Dysthymic Disorder (Chronic Depression)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Depression."

Medline Plus: "Dysthymia."

Tamburrino, M. 2009. The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

Klein, D. April 2008. Journal of Psychiatric Research,

The Florida State University: "FSU News: Double Trouble: Hopelessness Key Component of Mood Disorder."

Columbia University Medical Center: "Q an A about Dysthymic Disorder (Chronic Depression)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

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