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Depression and anxiety, the dark side of fibromyalgia

Depression and anxietyFibromyalgia symptoms

People with fibromyalgia experience serious emotional and mood problems, often going through a state of depression and anxiety, which are common symptoms of fibromyalgia. They are up to three times as likely to experience depression as people without fibromyalgia.

  1. 1.  Depression and anxiety

Depression is the main cause of disability in the world, and it is a mood disorder characterized by persistently low spirits, and a loss of interest in most things, even those things, which means a lot to you.  This dangerous mental illness affects the brain and is difficult to understand. Whereas, anxiety is a psychological disorder that a person regularly feels at disproportionate levels due to an emotional stimulus, for fear, tension or other stimuli.

  • 2.    Why does fibromyalgia give rise to mood swing and/or depression?

 Mood swing occurs when a person feels relaxed and joyful for a minute, then turns to frustration, anxiety and sometimes sadness  the next minute without a clear reason.

Some researchers investigate the effects of depression on brain chemistry and examine the abnormalities of the sympathetic nervous system that determine how an individual deals with stress and emergencies. It has been confirmed that some of these chemical imbalances or distortions can trigger the release of substances that cause more pain allergies.

Experiencing constant pain may drain a patient’s energy, make him anxious and prevent him from sleeping well at night,thus more vulnerable to mood swings. Individuals with fibromyalgia often suffer from depression, isolation, stress and fatigue due to excessive pain.As a consequence, they spend more time away from other people, even the people they love, like family and friends. Rather than focusing on their own lives or the lives of their loved ones, they focus more on their pain and suffering.

Signs of depression with pain may include:

  • Low energy.
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions.
  • Feelings of hopelessness or guilt.
  • Loss of interest in almost all activities.
  • Sad and volatile mood and constant anxiety
  • In severe cases, depression combined with chronic pain can lead to thoughts of death or suicide.

  • 3.    Are there ways to alleviate depression with fibromyalgia?

Although there is no cure, the symptoms of fibromyalgia and depression can be dealt with successfully.

  • Diet plays a significant role in mood management. Since blood sugar influences mood, you should try to keep it balanced by looking at your food. Eating refined sugar and caffeine may raise your mood temporarily, but it will lead to a significant decrease in blood sugar and mood soon after. The same can be said about alcohol.
  • Mood is also related to magnesium. Therefore, it can be helpful to ensure that you get enough magnesium in your diet, or take a magnesium supplement.
  • Herbal remedies are often more effective when taken with homemade remedies, as it helps to have a positive effect on your body. It is believed that hypericum works by affecting brain neurotransmitters.
  • Your doctor will likely suggest some form of speech-language pathology or cognitive behavioural therapy that affects the way you perceive and respond to a situation. Those kinds of therapies are quite effective. Prescribed medications like antidepressants are generally the last resort.
  •  It is also recommended to practice exercises such as yoga and jogging, as they help to get rid of anxiety, improve mood and  reduce pain.

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