Depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, personality changes and panic attacks are all symptoms that may accompany FM. They do not cause FM; in fact, they are more likely to be the result of it.
If you have symptoms of depression, anxiety, or any of the other mood disorders mentioned, be sure to talk with your doctor about it. Left untreated, these symptoms can actually exacerbate many of your other symptoms (e.g., Anxiety causes stress; stress contributes to pain, insomnia, increased fatigue, digestive problems, etc.) and seriously interfere with your quality of life.
Many of us suffer from depression for a variety of different reasons and although whilst suffering from this depression seems as though it will last permanently, it does eventually lift even if medicated for a short period.
People suffering from illnesses however experience depression in a variety of different ways.
Depression can be described by many different people in a variety of different ways but for the most part it has several things in common which are:
- Loss of appetite
- Inability to sleep
- Withdrawn behaviour
- Bouts of irritability
- Lack of interest in oneself or surroundings
There are just a few of the symptoms that can be associated with depression but each individual that suffers from a bout of depression can do so and exhibit a different set of symptoms.
Depression and Illness
Depression and illness are two things that many FM sufferers will tell you go hand in hand (lucky us!). It is almost a cyclical concept in the same way that stress would manifest itself. Indeed depression is a kind of stress only more deeply rooted therefore making it harder to alleviate and harder for the person suffering from it to cope with.
Generally if an individual is ill then they will feel some sort of stress or depression as they try to cope with the illness but as the illness lasts longer and becomes chronic then the sufferer may find that they cannot as easily carry on with everyday life.
This is one of the problems of FM. Sufferers of FM, especially those suffering from the condition in its most severe and chronic form, will more often than not find themselves at the whim of depression. Depression can take a hold if fatigue continues and the sufferer is not able to sleep, thus relieving the symptoms of fatigue and tiredness.
It is important to understand the nature of depression especially in relation to such illnesses as FM. A common problem for FM sufferers is the knowledge that their condition is not treatable to a point where it can be cured. You might feel the pangs of depression creep in.