by Chronic Illness
illness is an illness that lasts for a very long time and
usually cannot be cured completely. However, chronic illnesses
can often be controlled through diet, exercise, and certain
medicines. Examples of chronic illnesses include diabetes, heart disease
, arthritis, kidney disease, HIV / AIDS, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.
Why is Depression Common in People With a Chronic Illness?
People diagnosed with chronic illnesses must adjust to
the demands of the illness itself, as well as to the treatments for their
condition. The illness may affect a person's mobility and independence, and
change the way a person lives, sees him or herself, and/or relates to others.
For these reasons, a certain amount of despair and sadness is normal. In some
cases, a chronic illness may actually cause depression
Depression is one of the most common complications of
chronic illness. It is estimated that up to one-third of individuals with a
serious medical condition experience symptoms of depression. Depression and
illness may occur together because the physical changes associated with the
illness trigger the
depression, the individual has a psychological reaction to the
hardships posed by the illness, or simply as a coincidence.