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It's not unusual for mental health problems, especially
anxiety, to occur with long-term (chronic) diseases.
For example, you may:
People who have chronic diseases such as
arthritis, asthma, diabetes, cancer, heart disease,
hepatitis C, and
stroke often also have depression. Depression also
often occurs with
chronic pain. Depression may occur with these problems
If you treat depression, it can improve your health and quality of life.
Here are some things you
can do to help yourself.
Here are tools to help a friend or family member who may be
Anxiety and health problems also are linked.
You may feel anxious because you have a health problem, and anxiety can make a
health problem worse. For example, older men who have an anxiety disorder are
more likely to have a heart attack.3
For anxiety and depression, you can:
Many people have concerns about seeking treatment for a
mental health problem. You may think it's a sign of weakness, or you don't want
people to know about it. It's important to
overcome these reasons for not seeking treatment.
Treating depression or anxiety is good for your health.
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Shen B-J, et al. (2008). Anxiety characteristics
independently and prospectively predict myocardial infarction in men.
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January 12, 2011
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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