Can a person have depression and another illness at the same time?

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Often, people have other illnesses along with depression. Sometimes other illnesses come first, but other times the depression comes first. Each person and situation is different, but it is important not to ignore these illnesses and to get treatment for them and the depression. Some illnesses or disorders that may occur along with depression are:

Anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social phobia, and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD); Alcohol and other substance abuse or dependence; Heart disease, stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and Parkinson's disease.

This answer is based on the source infromation from the National Institute of Mental Health


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