Sickle Cell Disease and Mental Health

Also known as: psychiatric disorders caused by SCD, psychological problems of SCD patients.

What are mental health symptoms in SCD (sickle cell disease) patients?

As in other chronic diseases, 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 distress in SCD patients?

The reasons for mental health issues among those with sickle cell disease can vary widely. In general, the pain (pain crises episodes) and issues related to the chronic (long term) symptoms of the condition can frequently have psychological effects on the patient.

What are the symptoms of mental health disorders in SCD patients?

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 their frequent medical visits and hospitalizations.

What are the care options for mental health disorders in SCD patients?

Individuals who are experiencing the symptoms of depression or anxiety along with sickle cell disease should talk about their feelings and concerns with their health care team. Talking to a professional pediatric counselor also can help. If an individual feels very depressed, a doctor may recommend medications or other treatments that can improve quality of life.

Sources:

New Vision
Archives of Medicine
Primary Psychiatry


Reviewed by: Athena C Pefkarou, MD

This page was last updated on: November 20, 2020 08:53 AM

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