Although depression can be a standalone mental health condition, it is often caused by or the cause of other illnesses or conditions. A swift and accurate diagnosis of these illnesses, along with treatment, can make the conditions and symptoms much more manageable.
Medical illnesses that can cause depression include cancer, cardiovascular conditions, immune system disorders and diabetes. However, depression can accompany any debilitating disease that affects a patient’s lifestyle habits, self-sufficiency, self-esteem, life expectancy, or finances. Furthermore, the use of drugs or excessive alcohol consumption is known to cause and worsen depression symptoms.
In addition to physical disorders, depression can be cause by or be the cause of other mental disorders as well. In particular, individuals who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be more prone to developing depression than others without PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder develops as the result of a sudden or traumatizing event, and is common in post-war veterans, auto accident victims, natural disaster victims and victims and terrorism. PTSD is an anxiety disorder, and other anxiety disorders, such as obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorder may also cause depression-like symptoms.
In some cases, depression itself can cause certain physical illnesses. For example, it is not uncommon for depressed individuals to experience gastrointestinal complications, headaches and insomnia. Some individuals may even gain or lose unhealthy amounts of weight due to a lack of appetite or emotional overeating. Excessive weight loss or gain can then lead to further health complications, including high blood pressure or nutrient deficiencies.
If you have depression, you may want to get therapy with Monica Ziegler. The National Institute of Mental Health says that counseling is effective at reducing depression.