Chronic illnesses That Are Linked To Mental Health

Certain Chronic illnesses are linked to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

Symptoms of Depression are as follows:

  • Persistent Sadness
  • Insomnia or sleepiness
  • Increased or decrease appetite
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Lack of concentration
  • Social isolation
  • Excessive crying
  • Repeatedly going over thoughts
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Slowness in activity
  • Fatigue

Symptoms of Anxiety are as follows:

  • Hyper-vigilance
  • Lack of concentration
  • Excessive worry
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Palpitations
  • Trembling
  • Racing thoughts
  • Sweating

Chronic illnesses that are linked to depression and anxiety are often caused by the day-to-day check-ups one has to go undergo to maintain sound health.

The Chronic Illnesses are as follows:

  • Addison’s disease
  • Asthma
  • Bipolar Mood Disorder (consists of [Hypo]mania and Depression)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cardiac failure
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder
  • Chronic renal disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diabetes insipidus
  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
  • Diabetes mellitus type 1
  • Dysrhythmias
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Haemophilia
  • Hyperlipidaemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Some people may feel depressed soon after a diagnosis. The depression may lift as soon as they adjust and manage the symptoms of their condition(s).

Other medical conditions are treatable, and so is depression and anxiety. People may seek Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or other forms of therapy and SSIRS (Serotonin Reuptakers or anti-depressants). In the case of Bipolar mood disorder – Mood stabilisers should be taken along with SSIRS to prevent Mania or hypomania.

Speak to health professional to check if the medication one is taking doesn’t interfere with another health issue that one may be experiencing. Know that you are not alone.

Thank you for being with me. Let us rebuild a healthy state of mind.

Love, Francesca.

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