Holiday Blog Classic: Dealing With Depression
Being sick can be depressing, especially if you're watching the world around you celebrate while you're isolated -- either physically or emotionally -- because of your illness. A lot of us who have fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) battle depression anyway, especially during the winter months.
If you're feeling alone or depressed, reach out to someone. About.com's FMS & ME/CFS community forum is here 24/7, and while there's not always someone there right when you post, it's a safe, understanding place where you can write down how you're feeling without fear of being judged. Everyone there will "get" you. If you're not comfortable posting in a public forum, send me an email, at email@example.com. Sometimes, just writing down your problems can help you get a handle on them. I can't promise to get back to you right away, but I'll do whatever I can to help.
If your feelings really start to overwhelm you and you're thinking about suicide, call this number:
It's a VA hotline, but anyone is welcome to call. The staffing and training there are better than at many local agencies, so you'll talk to someone who can really help you.
Millions of people have FMS or ME/CFS, and millions of people suffer from depression. What that means is that we are never alone, and we never have to bear the full burden of our illness alone. Finding out that someone out there understands and cares about you can make all the difference.
If you know someone who might be feeling alone or depressed right now, reach out to them in some way. If you think someone you know is suicidal, help them get help before it's too late.
Please, let's all take care of each other.
Where to Find Help:
- How to Help Someone Who's Feeling Suicidal
- Who to Contact if You're Feeling Suicidal
- International Help Lines (for those outside the U.S.)
- Coping Emotionally with Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Find a Support Group
Learn more or join the conversation!
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