April 2002

Depression is connected to a host of problems throughout the body

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Hurting all over: Depression is connected to a host of problems throughout the body

Psychiatrists have long been working on how to mend a broken heart. Cardiologists have, too.

These days they're comparing notes. So are a host of other specialists. That's because the chronic sadness known as depression could wreak havoc not just on the heart, but throughout the body. Depression might help raise blood pressure; jostle the immune system; complicate asthma and diabetes.