While people usually associate loneliness or a general feeling of blue with depression, it is important to know that depression is a clinical condition and runs deeper than those mere symptoms of gloominess and despondence. It is a mental condition which needs expert help to be tackled and treated. At times, depression can also be due to certain health conditions that can in some way affect your mental health. Here are a few of them:
Heart diseases: It is a known fact that depression in young adults puts them at a higher risk of heart diseases in the later stages of their life. However studies have also found that an incidence of heart attack or other related cardiac troubles can also be a major cause of depression among many. Studies have found that about 70 per cent of patients who have undergone a heart attack suffer from depression till up to a year after the incidence. In fact, the effect of depression is so severe in such cases that it interferes with the functional ability of a patient, like returning back to previous pleasurable activities, posing a problem in one’s sexual capabilities and much more. Without proper treatment and medical attention such kind of depression is persistent among patients recovering from a heart attack.
Parkinson’s disease: It is noticed that around 30 to 40 per cent of patients suffering from Parkinson’s also suffer from severe symptoms of depression during the later stages of the condition. Depression is more common in those patients who suffer from bradykiensia and gait instability than in patients who suffer from tremors of the limbs.
Multiple sclerosis: Depression is also common in patients suffering from a debilitating condition like multiple sclerosis. Prolonged depression in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis can also lead to suicidal tendencies. The silver lining is unlike the other symptoms of the condition, depression in MS is purely treatable if one reaches out for treatment at the right time.
Stroke: It is estimated that more than one-third of post-stroke patients suffer from depression expressing symptoms of anger, frustration, fear and hopelessness. According to The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, post-stroke depression is characterized by a feeling of hopelessness that interferes with functioning and inhibits quality of life. Depression post-stroke at times can also interfere with recovery and slow down the process too.
Diabetes: People suffering from diabetes — whether type 1 or type 2 — have a greater chance of developing depression at some point of time in their life. This is because the sheer pressure of managing and living with this chronic condition takes a toll on one’s mental health too. In fact, diabetes can at times worsen other health conditions that can lead to depression. But the good news is depression and diabetes both can be managed simultaneously. Prolonged depression along with diabetes will not only worsen the condition, it can also lead to other health complications.