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- Main article: Clinical depression
The link between depression and various physical illnesses has been intensively studied for many years and broadly show that the rates of depression in healthy people are significantly lower than those among the medically ill for whom rates range as high as 40%. In addition, depression with medical illness, is associated with more severely impaired physical or cognitive function than depression without medical complications.
Obviously many physical illnesses make us clinically depressed due to their physical and psychological effects.
But does depression make us more likely to be physically ill and does it affect the course of these illnesses?. Untreated, depression can persist for many months and may complicate recovery from illness.
- Main article: Depression and heart disease
- Main article: Depression and stroke
- Main article: Depression and physical illness in the elderly
Key texts – Books
Steptoe, A (2006) Depression and Physical Illness. Cambridge UP. ISBN 0521603609
Additional material – Books
Reviews of the area
Key texts – Papers
- Katon WJ (2003). Clinical and health services relationships between major depression, depressive symptoms, and general medical illness. Biological Psychiatry, 54(3): 216–226.
Roose SP, et al. (2001). Relationship between depression and other medical illnesses. JAMA, 286(14): 1687–1690.
- Robinson, RG and Krishnan, KRR Depression and the medically ill.In Neuropsychopharmacology: The Fifth Generation of Progress. Full text]