How to Deal with Chronic Illness Linked Depression

One-third of the people with the chronic illness show symptoms of depression. Know how to deal with it

Arushi Bidhuri
Written by: Arushi BidhuriUpdated at: Jan 31, 2020 12:15 IST
How to Deal with Chronic Illness Linked Depression

According to a report, around one-third of the people with the chronic illness show symptoms of depression. For many people, they are part of their difficult reality. Chronic illnesses are illnesses which can’t be controlled or cured completely. In some cases, there is a possibility that certain medications and improved lifestyle habits might help with certain chronic illnesses. Diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, renal disease, arthritis, lupus, HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis are examples of chronic illnesses. 


People suffering from chronic illness might show symptoms of depression. Depression is believed to be one of the biggest complications of chronic illness. A chronic illness can affect your life drastically by restricting your mobility and individuality. You become dependent and, in the process, you might lose self-confidence and the sense of hope might take a back seat. Some medications can also lead to depression. 

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What is Depression? 

Depression is a common and serious health issue that affects the way you feel, the way you think and the way you act. You may lose interest in day-to-day activities and your life could become a constant rollercoaster of emotional and physical turmoil. 

Symptoms of Depression 


Some of the common symptoms of depression are: 

  • Feeling of sadness 
  • Irritability 
  • Loss of pleasure or interest in day-to-day activities 
  • Lethargy 
  • Loss of energy 
  • Loss of concentration 
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Sleeping problems 
  • Suicidal thoughts 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Constant headaches, pains or digestive problems 

Dealing with Depression 


The most important thing is the diagnosis. Early diagnosis and treatment for depression can reduce suffering and the risk of suicide. Various chronic illnesses and depression share the same symptoms. So, if you’re experiencing similar symptoms, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are depressed, but it is important to take advice from a professional doctor. 

Here are some ways to deal with depression…

#Ask for Help 

Although depression is a common problem among people with chronic illnesses, the great news is that it is curable! Seek help from a doctor without being shy or nervous about the disease. If you don’t speak now, you will suffer more and end with suicidal thoughts. 

#Talk to Someone 

If you don’t want to see a doctor, then talk to someone you trust. Socialize with family and friends to have a strong support system that can help you cope up with the stress and feeling you’re experiencing. 

#Positivity and Patience are Important 


We know that chronic illness changes numerous things in life but that doesn’t mean that you have lost the battle. Positivity, hope and patience are the pillars that will help you win that battle. Remember the positive things in life and hope that time will improve your health and mood gradually. 

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#Enjoy Some “ME” Time 

Chronic diseases such as kidney failure and heart disease can affect your routine, relationships, work and personal time. Don’t allow the disease to consume all your time and thoughts. Try to enjoy the things you used to love doing, sleep for 8 hours, exercise and try to lift your mood by hanging out with family and friends or indulge in a new hobby.

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