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Depression: What It Is And Signs To Look For

The Reality Of Depression In People Living After A Diagnosis

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While one in three adults in the general population may suffer from depression, the incidence of depression for people co-diagnosed with another serious medical condition can be as high as 33% -65%, depending on the condition. Depression can occur as a result of the diagnosis of another serious condition itself, or it may be a side effect of treatment or in some cases a biological result of a condition.

Too often depression is not recognized, or goes untreated. Symptoms such as loss of interest or memory, weight loss, sleep disturbance, and low energy related to depression may be mistaken for the symptoms of other conditions or side effects of treatments and/or drugs.

Depression is very treatable. It does not need to be a component of a diagnosis or caregiving. In fact, it is estimated that 80% of individuals diagnosed with depression respond to current treatments. For people co-diagnosed with another serious illness, studies have shown that treatment of the depression can have a significant impact on quality of life, the ability to follow a medical regimen, and in some cases, even disease progression.

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