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DEPRESSION AND PsA

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Started by trees. Last reply by Emma W Feb 4, 2013. 20 Replies

well no one seems to want to have a discussion about depression so I thoughtI would start one. Two days before Christmas. I have been recently diagnosed with depression. so I am on yet another pill.…Continue

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Comment by notanymore on January 8, 2014 at 6:06am

Have a Good Day . The sun will shine and you will feel better- Really it will happen!!!

XXXXXXXXX from someone who has been down the rabbit hole and came out the other side. Stay warm and try on a smile today.. LOL


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Comment by Seenie on January 7, 2014 at 6:48pm
Angel, this disease and all of its effects can get you so very down, can't it? But for some of us, it's a double whammy: the nastiness of the disease depresses you, but the disease itself can also cause depression on its own. That's the case with me, and I know several other people on this board who had dramatic improvements in their mental health when they started successful treatment (even before they felt physical improvements).
Go to a counsellor. That's always a good idea. And do whatever you can to find a way of getting consistent medical care for this thing we have.
Chin up, better days ahead! And this wicked winter is going to end sometime soon as well!
Comment by AngelMary on January 7, 2014 at 1:36pm

Hello,

Just joined this group and site recently.  I have been depressed with so many health conditions and struggles it is unreal.  I have gotten to a point where I just don't know what to think any more.  I am working on seeing a therapist.  I have no medical insurance and have applied for Obama Care, Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, and other insurance programs.  I have tried for over a year to get counseling as well.  I found a place finally that might accept me, keep my fingers crossed.  But because of the snow storm here in Michigan everything in this town is closed.  I was taking an antidepressant but hated the way it made me feel so I stopped taking it.  I know wrong.  But just need something else I guess.  Really just need a friend to talk me through all of my struggles.  And in I too can help here with others that need a friend.  Looking forward to learning more.  Peace to all.

Comment by notanymore on December 11, 2013 at 8:49pm

Before I was  diagnosed with PsA last July I spent a few days on the mental floor at my local medical center. I was there  in October of "12 ' for severe depression with suicidal thoughts. I was tagged as...menopausal ,depressed and anxiety prone  with hyperthyroidism. All of this with no testing of any type and no physical exam. I was sent there by a PAC at the my local medical clinic after one visit because he thought I might have MS. OF COURSE I WAS DEPRESSED AND PISSED AND UPSET THAT THEY TAGGED ME AS MENOPAUSAL with  HYPERTYHROIDISM AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY BECAUSE I AM A FEMALE OVER FIFTY FIVE.  Testing and labs proved all of these incorrect. I had cried in his office because I was in extreme pain and he didn't know what else to do with me as he had no idea what was wrong with me. I had been doing just fine controlling my Guttate psoriasis with my old PAC at the same clinic. She was treating me and keeping track of my brain fog and it's progression.When the newbie took over he sent me on a year long sidetrack that nearly killed me when I became pustular over 90% of me IN February.

My medical records had been expunged because I had no insurance for ten years. There was no record of my RA., Migraines or PTSD. IT was all lost and no tactile proof could be found. I persisted and I beat the depression by focusing on fixing me  by myself if they would not. I changed everything I could including making sure I was only treated by DR's  and not PACS as this was a serious issue that had nearly killed me and the lack of good charting was becoming a seriuos issue. I learned everything I could and I found this website.

When I was well armed I went back to my clinic and was insistent. I had been screened for a drug trial, (Humira) in July and was formally diagnosed with mild PsA.

Today I had my first real Reumatoligist appointment for me it was the most wonderful Christmas gift ever to know I will be treated from now on. Apparently I have ....

PsA -primary diagnosis

Osteo arthritis ( hands)

Fibromialgia

Migraine variant

memory loss

So you see, these are  all reasons to be depressed and I could not have escaped that if I wanted to. It crashed into my lap and lay there like a dead elephant.But I am winning one step at a time, every day. It is the most difficult thing you will ever do and it may not ever go completely away. I still struggle every night in that cold hard time just before dawn when I find myself in pain beyond belief and I am feeling useless.  I think of my grand daughters tiny little face touching mine and I hold on. Sometimes I hold on for dear life trying not to reach for those extra meds. Sometimes I have a surprisingly clear night with no depression....I treasure those and I remember there are those on the bad nights.

I can't change what I am now but I can change how I feel about those changes. I find hanging out here and knowing I am not alone in any of my struggles is probably the best therapy I can find. It also helps my family understand when I can show them tactile  evidence that I am not crazy...just a little different now :)

Good luck, remember once you have logged in here there is always a friendly thread for you to follow and someone somewhere is most probably thinking good things for you.XXXX

Comment by Dr Marc on December 11, 2013 at 1:54pm

Depression also same deal for Diabetes - depressed because it is chronic and you have to make changes and because the condition itself generates depression.

 

I have had various bouts of depression from PsA - most recently when I was switching from Humira to Enbrel.  Until I began to have a reduction of symptoms with Enbrel I was having catastrophic depressive thoughts/feelings.  None of us are immune to the effects of PsA and there is nothing wrong with doing something to address the depression.  It ca really help if you can talk it over with a close friend or partner in life and meds if needed.  For some, groups may be needed as well - whatever it takes.

Comment by Dini on November 12, 2013 at 4:08pm

So when I was at the PsA clinic, they asked about depression and my moods in general. It's interesting what comes in tandom with the disease including the depression. They asked about how often I might want to just cry. I thought the crying thing was just because life sucked or because I'm in pain and can't do so many things but it seems it's that plus the changes that a person's body goes through while fighting the disease.

Anyway, my other doc has helped me with that part of things. I've learned to keep taking the medication even if I think it's ok to skip it. If I do skip it for too long....well lets just say it becomes obvious that I need to take the meds lol

Just thought I'd share. I know it's hard to talk about. I'm one of the last people who would have talked about any of that in the past. I guess PsA has taught me that it's ok to share and express myself about how I'm feeling. I wasn't raised in a home where anyone shared feelings.

Comment by debbie on October 17, 2013 at 3:50pm

crazylady please call 1-800-273-8255. They will have a talk with you and help. I have felt suicidal before and sometimes I still do. Depression is a disease, call the number and speak to someone who understands and can help. Call now. Your life is worth it.

Comment by notanymore on October 17, 2013 at 2:39pm

Hello Mlearning and all you other folks. Is any one out there suicidal or have they been? I'm fighting this with all I've got and I may be losing. Someone throw me a rope please.I do not want to end up back in the physc ward.

Comment by Mlearning on August 20, 2013 at 10:42pm
What is the difference between this group and the depression and psoriatic arthritis group except the number of members?
Comment by JW on August 4, 2013 at 5:59pm

Was in AA for 7-8 years. Still use many things I learned there. Went back for a few meetings in the last year, but it's just not for me anymore. I am working with local addiction self help program

It's good that things are working out for you.

Take care

 

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