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Chronic cough can lead to depression

People who have been suffering from chronic coughs for months or even// years have a high possibility of being depressive also.

In the research conducted by the researchers of Montefiore Cough Center, US, have reported that of the 100 people who had chronic cough for an average of nine years, 53% of them were also suffering from depressions. The research report was presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference 2005.

The researchers did a three month follow up study and found that people whose cough improved over this time also seemed more cheerful and showed less symptoms of depression than others.

The researchers feel that one of the reasons for chronic coughing leading to depression may be the fact that the people who cough continuously also suffer from poor quality of life. Coughing can hamper social relationships, work environments, and public gatherings. People who suffer from chronic coughs often feel miserable and socially isolated, leading to depressive feelings.

Chronic coughing may be due to post-nasal drip, asthma and gastro esophageal reflux. These symptoms may happen individually or in combination. At times the cough may be the only complaint the patient has, making it difficult for the physician to diagnose the cause.

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