Depression in fibromyalgia is a controversial topic. In support of the contention that fibromyalgia is not a psychiatric illness, some authors believe that no correlation exists between fibromyalgia symptoms and psychological factors; others have determined that fibromyalgia is not a psychiatric disorder. The depression associated with fibromyalgia is believed to result from the pain, sleep deprivation, and dysfunction.

Depression in fibromyalgia may be treated with a regimen that includes nonpharmaceuticals. Antidepressants may help, but the clinician also should address other symptoms, such as fatigue or pain. Modifying diet and practicing good sleep hygiene are crucial. Starting a rehabilitation exercise program also is important. Some authors suggest that behavioral modification techniques and stress management also should be employed.

For further information, please see http://fmscommunity.org/fibro.htm The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml

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