When you're struggling with a chronic illness that severely limits your ability to handle everyday tasks, it's time to get help.
Nobody likes to find out that they're sick, and it's even worse to find out that you're going to stay sick. That's why nobody's really surprised to find out that depression and chronic illness often go hand-in-hand.
When you've been diagnosed with a serious, chronic illness, the immediate focus is usually on the physical effects of the disease. There's testing, more testing, visits to doctors, consultations with specialists and new medications or treatments to try.
Asbestos is a substance that occurs naturally. Consequently, virtually everyone experiences a small amount of asbestos exposure at some point -- but not everyone becomes sick.
Most people think asbestos is a thing of the past -- they don't realize that it is still in use today in many industries. Contractors of all sorts often encounter it in old homes that are being purchased for remodel and sale.
Because asbestos products were so widely used in multiple industries for decades, there are a lot of former laborers, public works employees, maintenance workers and others who still remain at risk of developing mesothelioma or other asbestos-related lung disorders in their lifetime.
Depression is something that many people don't like to discuss because of the continued social stigma against mental illness. The American culture, after all, tends to prize toughness. Depression seems to many like an admission that something can wear you down.
Depression is common among workers who have suffered on-the-job injuries or illnesses -- and standard treatments often fail to completely resolve the problem. Doctors aren't always even in agreement about the best ways to try to treat a stubborn depression.
Cancer is always serious business for a patient -- but a diagnosis also often holds unexpected financial consequences for the entire family.
If you and your co-workers handle toxic gases or chemicals, you're at significant risk of inhaling the fumes -- which can lead to permanent injuries and even death.