Amy's Journey with...

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) ~ Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) ~ Focal Impaired Awareness (Complex Partial) Seizures ~ Fibromyalgia ~ Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP) ~ Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) ~ TMJ Dysfunction ~ Bipolar Disorder Type I Rapid Cycling ~ Migraines ~ Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) ~ Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) ~ Keratosis Pilaris (KP) ~ Complex-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) ~ Panic Disorder ~ Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) ~ Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) ~ Nonsuicidal Self-Injury (Self-Harm) ~ Piezogenic Pedal Papules ~ Hashimoto's Thyroiditis ~ Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ~ Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) ~ Specific Phobias ~ Chronic Headaches

Sunday, May 25, 2014

EDS Awareness Month: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Depression, and Anxiety

I don't see how you could have EDS, especially the things that go along with it, and not be depressed or anxious.  The isolation, the pain, and having friends abandon you are just a few of the problems people with EDS have to go through.  Anxiety about places you had bad things happen is common, too.  For instance, I had both my ankles sublux on the way to DH's dentist one time.  (That was back when he had a dentist.)  I was in so much pain, and they were so rude to me while I was in pain, that I get anxiety just thinking about that office.  I also find it depressing when I consider the things I used to be able to do, versus the things I can do now.  A few years ago I went jogging at least a mile, or walking at least three miles, every day.  It is so frustrating that now I can't do those things, or many other things I used to be able to do.

How do you get through it?  Well, I also have bipolar, with Complex-PTSD, Panic Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and social anxiety--plus I'm pretty sure I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  So, my depression and anxiety are treated by medication, though I still have trouble with them even on meds.  Some things that have worked for me include journaling, blogging, and meditation.

Have any other zebras found a method of decreasing depression and anxiety?

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