Depressive Disorder Due to a Medical Condition

Depressive Disorder Due to Another Medical Condition refers to a state of depressed mood or significantly reduced interest or pleasure, directly stemming from the physiological impacts of a separate medical condition.

Common Medical Conditions

  • Stroke (30% of stroke patients go on to develop depression which makes it the most common psychiatric problem affecting stroke patients)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Huntingtons disease (depression is usually in the beginning and quite often before the Huntingtons symptoms)
  • Parkinsons Disease (a common estimate is that 30% of those with Parkinsons have depression)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Arthritis
  • HIV
  • Metabolic conditions (B-12 deficiency)
  • Chronic Back pain

Living with such complex and often painful medical conditions can pose significant challenges in daily life. Individuals may contend with managing numerous medications requiring different administration times throughout the day, scheduling multiple medical appointments with various healthcare providers, and adjusting their daily routines. For instance, someone coping with severe arthritis may experience depression due to the persistent pain associated with routine activities such as bathing, dental hygiene, and dressing.


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