Depression and Cancer
Depression not only affects your brain and behavior—it affects your entire body. Depression has been linked with other health problems, including cancer. Dealing with more than one health problem at a time can be difficult, so proper treatment is important.
Major depressive disorder, or depression, is a serious illness. Depression interferes with your daily life and routine and reduces your quality of life. About 6.7 percent of U.S. adults ages 18 and older have depression.
A Few Signs and Symptoms of Depression
Ongoing sad, anxious, or empty feelings
Feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless
Feeling irritable or restless
Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once enjoyable
Thoughts of death and suicide or suicide attempts
If you think you are depressed or know someone who is, don’t lose hope. Seek help for depression. Speak with a doctor or contact a mental health professional. You may also contact: United Way Helpline by dialing 2-1-1 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
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