There are a number of chronic medical conditions that may be accompanied by depression. While the incidence of depression in the general population ranges from 10 to 15 percent, depression occurs in about 20 to 30 percent of heart-attack (and other cardiac-event) patients and in about 25 percent of stroke patients. As many as half of people with Parkinson’s disease can experience depression, while approximately 25 percent of cancer patients have clinical depression. It should also be noted that the risk of depression is significantly higher in those suffering from chronic kidney disease, diabetes, chronic pain disorders, and autoimmune disorders such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Patients suffering from these chronic conditions should seek help if they feel depressed.


It’s probably not surprising that your physical health can have a big impact on your mental health. But did you realize that your mental health can have a big effect on your physical health? If you’re feeling stressed, depressed, anxious, or grief-stricken, Plains Area Mental Health is here to help you. Our counselors have years of experience dealing the mind-body link and we can provide proven techniques for improving your life.  Call one of our offices today or visit our website for a free online assessment at



P.S. Depression has been linked with obesity, insomnia, sleep apnea, thyroid dysfunction and adrenal insufficiency, and chronic use of certain medications (including corticosteroids).