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Is physical illness tied into depression?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Physical illness is often tied into depression.
For instance, there are higher rates of depression on people who also have diabetes, chronic pain, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, and some cancers. This can complicate treatment of both the depression and the physical illness. Also, people with heart disease may not do as well when they are depressed.

In brief: Yes
Physical illness is often tied into depression.
For instance, there are higher rates of depression on people who also have diabetes, chronic pain, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, and some cancers. This can complicate treatment of both the depression and the physical illness. Also, people with heart disease may not do as well when they are depressed.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Definitely
Illness is depressing.
Depression makes illness worse. This creates a downward spiral. Reversing this spiral is very difficult. Chronic disease can improve with positive attitude. Attitude can improve with acceptance of chronic disease. Do not rely on a magic bullet. Acceptance of illness and improvement in attitude is hard and takes persistent effort.

In brief: Definitely
Illness is depressing.
Depression makes illness worse. This creates a downward spiral. Reversing this spiral is very difficult. Chronic disease can improve with positive attitude. Attitude can improve with acceptance of chronic disease. Do not rely on a magic bullet. Acceptance of illness and improvement in attitude is hard and takes persistent effort.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Good question
Yes! 1st off, depression is a "physical condition" being a neurobiological disorder. 2ndly depression leads to a wide array of physical symptoms called somatoform. 3rdly dep is associated with many disorders such as fibromyalgia, migraine, pain syndromes.
4thly evidence is accumulating that inflammation (such as occurs in allergy, ms, infection) is associated with causing depression.

In brief: Good question
Yes! 1st off, depression is a "physical condition" being a neurobiological disorder. 2ndly depression leads to a wide array of physical symptoms called somatoform. 3rdly dep is associated with many disorders such as fibromyalgia, migraine, pain syndromes.
4thly evidence is accumulating that inflammation (such as occurs in allergy, ms, infection) is associated with causing depression.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Illness and Depressi
It can be, yes.
Having a chronic illness can alter one's life so drastically that a depression ensues. Quality of life issues are very important here.

In brief: Illness and Depressi
It can be, yes.
Having a chronic illness can alter one's life so drastically that a depression ensues. Quality of life issues are very important here.
Dr. Richard Levenson
Dr. Richard Levenson
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