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People from cardiac disorders often suffer from depression.

True, but you must be careful not to leap to the conclusion that heart problems cause depression.

 

Statistics show that people with depression are more likely to suffer from severe life threatening disease, such as cardiovascular disease, the more severe the depression, the greater their likelihood of death.

 

Assuming they undergo surgery and it is successful are they freed from this ? Or does the mind retain shadows of an earlier body ? :scared:

The best predictor for an episode of severe depression is having had a previous episode of severe depression, so surviving a heart problem, with or without surgery, is not, I think, likely to “cure” depression. Depression appears to be primarily a brain disorder, not a “shadow” of disorders of other organs.

 

Sources: "Depression and cardiovascular disease: a clinical review", (2013) David L. Hare, Samia R. Toukhsati, Peter Johansson, Tiny Jaarsma; Andrew Solomon’s 2001 memoir The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.

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True, but you must be careful not to leap to the conclusion that heart problems cause depression.

 

Statistics show that people with depression are more likely to suffer from severe life threatening disease, such as cardiovascular disease, the more severe the depression, the greater their likelihood of death.

 

The best predictor for an episode of severe depression is having had a previous episode of severe depression, so surviving a heart problem, with or without surgery, is not, I think, likely to “cure” depression. Depression appears to be primarily a brain disorder, not a “shadow” of disorders of other organs.

 

Sources: "Depression and cardiovascular disease: a clinical review", (2013) David L. Hare, Samia R. Toukhsati, Peter Johansson, Tiny Jaarsma; Andrew Solomon’s 2001 memoir The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.

 

I thought depression was linked to chronic pain....

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