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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...
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...
I don't want the title to mislead you. There's no foolproof way to prevent all pain when you have fibromyalgia. But understanding how the FM pain cycle works can enable you to lessen the pain much of the time and even prevent some pain altogether. The first thing we need to understand is that people with fibromyalgia have a problem processing pain correctly. Normally, pain is supposed to be an alert to tell you something is wrong that needs to be tended to. If you cut yourself, the pain tells you to stop the bleeding and apply an antispetic. Once the wound is treated and begins to heal, the pain lessens and soon goes away altogether – unless you have fibromyalgia. Understanding the Pain Cycle With fibromyalgia, instead of gradually easing the pain, the central nervous system essentially turns up the volume. What should be a mild, localized, short-term pain becomes a stronger, widespread, long-term pain. ...
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