If you have a medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes, HIV or cancer, you are far more likely to have depression than someone who doesn’t. Some might consider it ‘normal’ to feel down in response to a medical illness, but feeling sad or hopeless for weeks or more may be a sign of depression. The good news is that treatment works.
This brochure describes the relationship between depression and various medical conditions including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, thyroid disease, sexual dysfunction, PMS, digestive function, and substance use problems. It also provides a directory of related resources and where to find help.
This brochure is also available to download for free.
[link to PDF: http://www.cmha.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Dep-Coexisting-Conditions-Brochure-2013-WEB.pdf ]