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Wednesday, 29 July 2015 00:00

Illness Induced Depression

Written by Lori R.

It is widely accepted knowledge that your emotional state can affect your physical state. Stress and depression can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, indigestion and weight gain or loss. But it can also occur the other way around. People who suffer chronic medical illness can easily fall into depression and not recognize the symptoms as a separate illness in need of treatment.

I have a close friend who is battling diabetes. It is a daily struggle for him to balance diet, exercise and blood sugar level while also feeling “cursed.” He often feels sad and hopeless, so why try? He has resisted the idea that he is depressed due to his illness.

My friend’s mother has Crohn’s disease. She, on the other hand, recognized the symptoms of depression she was experiencing due to her chronic medical illness and sought professional help. Her antidepressant medication has helped her maintain a positive attitude and the strength and initiative to keep trying to enjoy the things she likes to do.

The combination of chronic illness and depression is a downward spiral with both conditions feeding off of each other. People suffering both medically and emotionally often lose self-esteem and begin to isolate themselves due to loss of mobility and loss of hope for the future. Do you know someone with a chronic medical issue who seems depressed as well? Take note of their mood. Sometimes an outsider expressing concern can help a person recognize they need help.

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