What are the links between anxiety, depression and chronic illness?
For people with a chronic physical illness, anxiety and depression makes living with their condition even more difficult. It can make it harder for people to find the energy to eat healthily, exercise or take medication regularly.
Anxiety and depression are more debilitating than the feelings of frustration or disappointment at having a chronic health condition. Some chronic physical illnesses, such as chronic pain, can be largely invisible so that sufferers can feel misunderstood and stigmatised by co-workers, friends, family and even the medical profession.
Having a chronic physical illness can also make it seem like an effort to connect with family members and friends. This can make the person with the illness feel isolated and make it harder for them to recover from depression.