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Tips on How to Handle Depression When You Have a Chronic Illness

For so many with chronic illness, depression is a fact of life.

In fact, depression is one of the most common complications of chronic illness. Just the idea of facing a long life with illness brings about uncertainty, grief, anger, and sadness. While some of this is a normal part of living with chronic disease, it is when you continue to experience these feelings and they start to affect your daily life that you should seek medical help.

Be aware of depression triggers

Be aware of the following aspects of your illness that can lower your mood and possibly trigger depression.

Your feelings about your illness. You should expect to feel overwhelmed. There is so much to learn about your illness and you may need to give up favorite activities due to fatigue, pain and/or physical limitations. And sometimes giving up the things you love can be discouraging. Research suggests a connection between chronic illness and depression when people withdraw from activities they find rewarding and involve social support.

Read the rest of this article at Upwell.

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