Lupus can cause clinical depression as can some of the meds, like corticosteroids, used to treat lupus. Below is the link to the Lupus foundation and their explanation of it. Of course, any of us with a chronic illness can experience depression and it might not be clinical. Most eventually cope with it and accept our new normal.
Hard not to be depressed when faced with such life changing circumstances that will be with you for life....or until someone comes up with a cure for lupus and other autoimmune diseases.
MCTD (SLE Lupus, polymyositis, scleroderma). Diagnosed 2005. Kidney, liver, GI tract, dysphagia, raynauds, barretts esophagus, quadriplegic in 2005. Recovered and now active in downhill skiing, golf, hiking. Meds: amlodipine, benezapril, omeprazole, potassium, folic acid, vitamins, maxide.
Remain Optimistic and you can overcome.