Warning signs are often ignored

Clinical depression is a common and serious illness that can be treated effectively, but those at high risk for clinical depression are often at higher risk for other serious diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

However, warning signs are often ignored by patients and family members, who mistakenly assume depression is normal in people with serious health problems. Symptoms of depression can mask other conditions and lead to treatment that treats the symptoms, not the underlying depression. It is extremely important to treat both diseases at the same time, but it is a myth that depression is the normal emotional response to either disease.