Have you been depressed? Depression is a common symptom of MS.
However, depression shares many characteristics with other symptoms of MS, such as fatigue and cognitive dysfunction, so it can be difficult to tell the difference for both people with MS and health professionals trying to help them.
Plus, let's face it - MS itself can make us sad. We may have to turn down opportunities to have fun and socialize because we simply don't feel good. There may be even bigger consequences, as we are forced to rethink life plans and career strategies due to increased symptoms and disability. That could make anyone withdraw and feel a lack of enthusiasm for things.
So, I want to hear from those of you with MS who have been depressed. How did you know you were depressed? What made you seek help? What kind of doctor did you talk to first? How did he or she determine that you were depressed? Tell your story in the comments section below. You could be helping someone that really needs it.