People who have long-term (chronic) diseases such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, hepatitis C, or stroke often also have depression. Depression also often occurs with chronic pain. Depression may occur with these problems because:
Counseling and medicine usually work well to treat depression. Sometimes counseling alone is enough. Often a combination of the two works best.
You can do many things to help yourself when you feel depressed or are waiting for your treatment to work. These things also help prevent depression from coming back.
Taking good care of yourself is important as you recover from depression. If your doctor prescribed medicines, take them exactly as they are prescribed. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, including counseling. And call your doctor if you are having problems.
When you have a chronic health problem, such as diabetes, you may feel anxious about your condition. Or you may worry about the future. This is normal. But if anxiety continues, it can be hard for you to take care of your health. Anxiety is treatable, so talk to your doctor if you have concerns.
Home treatment, combined with professional treatment, can help relieve anxiety. Here are some tips to help you cope with anxiety.
Recognize and accept your anxiety about specific fears or situations. Then make a plan for dealing with it. For example, if you are always worrying about finances, set up a budget or savings plan.
Change what you can to help you feel more comfortable with present concerns. But let go of past problems or things you can't change.
Get involved in social groups, or volunteer to help others. Being alone can make things seem worse than they are.
Learn about resources available in your community.
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