Mental Health (Sickle Cell Disease)
Also known as: mental health challenged in sickle cell disease.
What is mental health (sickle cell disease)?
As in other chronic disease, people who have sickle cell disease may feel sad and frustrated at times. This can manifest itself in several different ways, including anxiety, depression and even psychosis over time.
What causes mental health (sickle cell disease)?
The reasons for mental health issues among those with sickle cell disease can vary widely. In general, the pain and issues related to the chronic symptoms of the condition can frequently cause mental health issues, including anxiety and depression.
What are the symptoms of mental health (sickle cell disease)?
The limitations that sickle cell disease can impose on a person’s daily activities may cause them to feel isolated from others. Sometimes they become depressed, anxious, fearful and stressed. People who have sickle cell disease may also have trouble coping with pain and fatigue, as well as with frequent medical visits and hospitalizations.
What are mental health (sickle cell disease) care options?
Individuals who are experiencing the symptoms of depression or anxiety along with sickle cell disease should talk about their feeling with their health care team. Talking to a professional counsel also can help. If an individual feels very depressed, a doctor may recommend medications or other treatments that can improve quality of life.
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Reviewed by: Athena C Pefkarou, MD
This page was last updated on: 11/26/2018 10:51:11 AM
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Oscar, 20, was born with Sickle Cell Disease, a condition that affects red blood cells (sickle cell anemia) and blockage of blood flow causing pain. The pain is often so severe; patients suffer painful bouts known as sickle cell crisis and often require hospitalization.
Children with SCD may present anemia, repeated infections, and shortness of breath.