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What are signs you or your loved one may have clinical depression due to a life-threatening illness?

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  • You don't feel like doing the things you normally enjoy, even if they are activities you can still physically do.
  • Even when you do participate in things you once enjoyed, you get little pleasure out of them.
  • You have major changes in sleeping or eating habits -- sleeping or eating much more, or much less, than usual.
  • You withdraw from your friends and family.
  • You think or talk seriously about suicide.

SOURCES:

Marsha Gallagher, LCSW, social worker, Capital Caring, Falls Church, Va.

Tiernan, E. , 2002. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Lan, L.K. , 2002. Palliative Medicine

Bakitas, M. , Aug. 19, 2009. Journal of the American Medical Association

Rosenstein, D. , 2011. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience

Dobkin, R.D. , published online June 15, 2011. American Journal of Psychiatry

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Marsha Gallagher, LCSW, social worker, Capital Caring, Falls Church, Va.

Tiernan, E. , 2002. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Lan, L.K. , 2002. Palliative Medicine

Bakitas, M. , Aug. 19, 2009. Journal of the American Medical Association

Rosenstein, D. , 2011. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience

Dobkin, R.D. , published online June 15, 2011. American Journal of Psychiatry

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

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