Depressed...is this you?

By jefff Latest Activity December 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm Views 3,367 Replies 7 Likes 3

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Can MS can make us sleep more or less. Can it also cause us to be confused and have a hard time making decisions. Can it bring unnatural fatigue and slow us way, way, way down. Do we feel guilty that we couldn't finish an assignment at work or live up to a promise to go camping with our children. It's the combination of these symptoms that can make it more difficult to do some of the things we like to do, especially physical activities and sports. Because of this overlap in symptoms, many of us with MS initially get misdiagnosed as simply depressed, and many people with confirmed MS have depression that goes undiagnosed?

Confused—-welcome to the medical community?

I for one have been fairly good at keeping up with my journal to illustrate to the doctor when my mood changes so we can be proactive with my depression because it will occur. While there are some family history challenges with treating depression, it can be treated! Communicate with someone (e.g., doctor, spouse, friend, sibling…) because it is critical!

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  • [deleted]
    [deleted] February 5, 2011 at 1:26 am   

    I too, have battled depression on and off through my adult life, have survived traumatic events, and agree that MS has deepened the depression. I take a med that helps somewhat, but it rears its ugly little head far too often.

  • Mad Hatter32
    Mad Hatter32 January 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm   

    Hi Jeff,
    On many occasions I have felt unusually tired or fatigued, then I get things that I want to do and have no interest in doing anything do to depression. I know that because of the depression it really take's me out of the game and I have to fight against not wanting to be involved. I force myself to get involve in volunteering to help out. MS can put a strain on doing everyday activity like doing some chores around the house, but some times I just have to push through it in order to find the balance.

  • jefff
    jefff February 1, 2011 at 9:31 am   

    Well, how does it feel to "hit" the nail on the head and I'm sorry for the late reply…I'm sitting in a hotel room (Denver) looking out the window and wondering how I'm going to get through the day. If only I could blame it on weather or people outside my reference point, but sadly I cannot.

    You mention "pushing through it for balance" and that is critical to our life stories/experiences. I've been suffering a life long battle with this thing we call depression and now the MS has taken it to another level. When it comes to you and I pursuing our goals in life, we HAVE to push through it as you suggest, so thanks for the input on this early Tuesday (freezing) morning.

    Take care and continue with the feedback/comments as we all need to support each other through whatever our day-to-day life brings us!!! jeffff

  • Mad Hatter32
    Mad Hatter32 March 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm   

    Jeff if all we have ourselves to talk to and by that I mean our community. I am Veteran and we have our own group that we meet up and sometimes we guess speakers or we do things in group setting like going horseback riding or going to the "Y" and playing the Wii. Jeff having MS is the worst thing that I thought could happen to me but with all the love and support I get from family, friends & the MS community this is the best time of my life!!! :-)

  • jefff
    jefff April 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm   

    Way to go…I love the enthusiasm and optimism. I've had some recent struggles and am starting to see a way out, but it's going to take some changes within the family, but we'll be fine just as you will…thanks again for serving our country and for serving those of us on this new site!!! We can do this together ——- jeffff

  • Dr Gary
    Dr GaryCA January 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm   

    Hi Jeff,

    I just noticed this post and wanted to say that you are right on in your comments. Depression is so often an issue for individuals who are coping with chronic conditions. In many ways, feeling sad, frustrated, etc, is a normal reaction to the challenges that a chronic condition can throw your way. But at some point, these emotions can cross over into the debilitating symptoms of depression. To further complicate things, as you said, medical conditions can cause symptoms like fatigue which, in turn contribute to depression. And then, some medications have side effects that can be associated with depression (though I am not sure if MS medications have this effect).

    It's a double, triple, quadruple whammy!

    So keeping a journal, as you do, seems to be to be a really smart, and proactive, way of managing symptoms of depression and making sure they are front and center in discussions with healthcare professionals. What a great idea.

    And I am sure your healthcare team appreciates that you are keeping track of your moods. It makes their job easier if they don't have to worry about covering all of the bases with you at each appointment.

  • jefff
    jefff January 10, 2011 at 2:08 am   

    Thanks Dr Gary…it's tough sometimes, but as you say, we have to keep it up and then keep it up again and again!!! j