For many years the medical community tried to link fibromyalgia and depression . And despite evidence to the contrary, some in the psychological arena still insist on believing that fibromyalgia is caused by - or at least strongly linked to - depression. The fact is, depression is no more prevalant with fibromyalgia than it is with any other chronic illness. The Cleveland Clinic describes depression as a “complication” of chronic illness and estimates that “up to one-third of individuals with a serious medical condition experience symptoms of depression.” They list the following depression rates for various illnesses:
Heart attack: 40%-65%
Parkinson’s disease: 40%
Multiple sclerosis: 40%
I've seen various estimates as to the rate of depression for people with fibromyalgia, but they tend to range between 20 – 30%, about the same as for cancer, diabetes and rheumatoid arthr...
My recent SharePost "Fibromyalgia Mentioned on Oprah," triggered some excellent comments and questions. Rather than just responding via another comment that few people would see, I decided to do another SharePost. Your comments centered around two very valid questions: Has anyone ever been “cured” of fibromyalgia by a change in diet - or any of the dozens of other products and treatments claiming to cure FM? What can I tell family and friends who saw that Oprah show and tell me all I have to do is follow Dr. Oz’s diet and I’ll be cured? Has anyone been cured? Like most of you, I’m extremely skeptical whenever I hear someone who claims to have been cured of FM by some product, treatment program or diet. Generally they are promoting that product or program and stand to profit by getting you to purchase whatever they’re selling. I even wrote an article to help you recognize the warning signs of these scams: “Let the Buyer Beware.&rdqu...
Behavioral Therapy Studies show that fibromyalgia patients feel better when they deal with the consequences of the disorder on their lives. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) enhances patients' belief in their own abilities and helps them develop methods for dealing with stressful situations. CBT is known to be an effective method for dealing with chronic pain from arthritic conditions. Evidence also suggests that CBT can help some patients with fibromyalgia. Although the effects of CBT and other non-medication treatments for fibromyalgia do not always last over the long-term, they may help certain groups of people, particularly those with a high level of psychological stress. CBT may be particularly useful for addressing insomnia, one of the hallmark symptoms of fibromyalgia. In studies, patients who received CBT for insomnia woke up 50% less often at night, had fewer symptoms of insomnia, and had an improved mood. The Goals of CBT. The primary goals of CBT are to change any unclear or m...
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