MPN patients may have higher risk of depression and other mood disorders. The medical cause for this association between MPNs and mood disorders is not currently known. Common symptoms of depression can include fatigue, changes in eating or sleeping habits, feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, difficulty concentrating and/or loss of interest in activities or hobbies that were once enjoyable. It is important for patients to tell their doctors if they are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or any other mood disorders.
There are a variety of treatments for depression and other mood disorders, and the best treatment can be different for every patient. Depression is commonly treated with medication, psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, or a combination of therapies.