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The medical condition referred to as depression is not to be confused with the everyday experience of a mild mood swing that everyone experiences during difficulties. Just as we feel happy or fearful or jealous or angry, we are all "depressed" from time to time.
On the other hand, a depressive illness is a very disabling, unpleasant and prolonged state.
What is Depression?

Depression is one of the most common complications of every chronic illness.

Depression caused by chronic illness often aggravates the illness, especially if the condition causes pain, fatigue, or disruption of social life. Depression makes pain hurt more. It causes fatigue and lethargy that can exacerbate the loss of energy of many chronic conditions. Depression also aggravates social disruption because it tends to make people withdraw into social isolation.
Depression with a Chronic Condition

Depression and/or anxiety are often experienced after surgical procedures, at various times post operatively (immediately or months later). Intensity can range from mild dysphoria to major depressive symptoms.
Post-Operative Depression

Ostomy surgery - even if the surgery is wanted and improves the quality of life - often results in depression at some stage.
Post-Operative Depression - Ostomy Surgery

If you are having trouble coping, never be afraid or ashamed to seek help for yourself. Depression is an illness; itís not your fault. As with any serious illness, you need help to recover. But there are many safe, effective ways to treat depression, and you can get better.
How to Seek Help for Depression

If you have begun to think of suicide, it is important to recognize these thoughts for what they are: expressions of a treatable medical illness. Don't let embarrassment stand in the way of vital communication with your physician, family or friends. Take immediate action and talk to somebody today. Remember, suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
If you feel Suicidal

Medical news relating to Depression, from 'Medical News Today'.
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Latest Medical News about Depression