One of the big things that people always relate with chronic illness is depression. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been accused (not asked nicely) of having depression. I used the word “accuse” because doctors act like depression makes you a horrible person, and this really infuriates me. They act like depression causes illness when it is the other way around. If you were in constant pain, possibly home bound, and were continually told that your illness was imaginary, wouldn’t you be depressed too?
I am lucky that depression hasn’t been a big problem for me for the most part, but that never stopped doctors from treating me like damaged goods. Especially when I was first having problems right after my son was born (because, you know, it must be postpartum depression). Because my health problems couldn’t be found in an obvious blood test, well it must be depression then. What do these doctors even learn in medical school? Why is it that when the doctor doesn’t know what is wrong, they accuse their patient of being depressed or making it up? I want to hear a doctor say “I don’t know what is wrong, so I will refer you so someone else.” I just can’t figure out why doctors won’t admit they are wrong. It makes my blood boil.
Until we get rid of the idea that depression makes you a bad person and causes all pain, people with fibromyalgia, lyme disease etc. will continue having to go from doctor to doctor, taking years to find out what is REALLY wrong with them. And all the while people get sicker and sicker, and in cases like mine, permant damage can be done to the body as a result of misdiagnoses. I wish they could have a medical school class that teaches doctors that depression is not a cause, it is an effect.