It's pretty much a given that coming to terms with a chronic disease creates depression. I can't remember if this is one of the side effects of either the disease or the medications, but pretty much all of us (lupies) get some depression.
Some people take meds for it for a short time, others need medical support longer term, some lupies (I bet those with a lot of family support) don't need medical assistance at all. I won't mention any particular medication because they react differently for each person, so what works for me may not work for you.
Some rheumies go ahead and treat depression themselves, others will refer you out either to a head dr (who prescribes) or a therapist (who specializes in helping people w/chronic illness learn coping mechanisms).
PS. Just found a better phrase than 'chronic illness', which sounds like we're losers. 'Chronic health challenge', which sounds like we can WIN!
Hope things improve soon,
Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus Forum
SLE(’00), Sjogren's Syndrome, Raynaud's Syndrome, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Depression, Herpes Simplex 1
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