Lesson 5: Depression Doesn’t Cause Fibromyalgia, but the Disease Causes Depression
When she started seeing symptoms while in medical school, she visited several doctors, and most of them suggested that the symptoms were due to depression. These doctors were wrong. Well, she was depressed, but that was because she felt everything was falling apart. At that time, doctors could not help her, making her feel exhausted. It isn't surprising that this can lead to depression.
Pain can alter the brain, and chances are that it will activate those areas associated with depression. Therefore, depression doesn’t cause fibromyalgia, but fibromyalgia can cause depression. A person with fibromyalgia needs to treat depression symptoms so that they may be able to deal with the invisible illness.