Depression and feelings of anxiety are common in people who have a physical illness or long term condition such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease etc.
It is common for people with long term illness to overlook symptoms of depression and anxiety assuming it is normal for someone with an illness to feel like this.
Most GPs now screen for depression if you have diabetes and or heart disease, as part of your care. If your GP or nurse asks questions about your mood they are simply trying to look after your mental health and wellbeing as well as your physical health. If you can help them to do this it may help you to feel happier and healthier.
Be aware of the symptoms of depression and anxiety. If you spot the signs get help as soon as you can. Talk to your GP, Practice Nurse or other Health professional about how you feel. Don’t struggle alone, there are treatments that can help. Ask for practical or emotional help if you need
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For help with mental health problems in Manchester click here.
Take part in the Expert Patient Programme. A six-week course for anyone living with a long term condition. Telephone 0161 371 2105 for information.
Learn about how to live with a long term condition and about your condition at your local library's Health Information Point.