That no one hears my cry’s
with no tears left to cry.
· Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
· Crying (often without reason)
· Insomnia or restless sleep, or sleeping too much
· Changes in appetite leading to weight loss or weight gain
· Feelings of uneasiness, anxiety, or irritability
· Feelings of guilt or regret
· Lowered self-esteem or feelings of worthlessness
· Inability to concentrate or difficulty thinking
· Diminished memory and recall
· Lack of interest in things formerly enjoyed
· Lack of energy
· General slowing and clouding of mental functions
· Diminished sexual interest and/or performance
· Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
- Between 15 and 60 percent of people with a chronic illness will experience clinical depression.
- Clinical depression may be a result of the ways in which lupus physically affects your body.
- Some of the medicines to treat lupus—especially corticosteroids such as prednisone (and at higher doses of 20 mg or more)—play a role in causing clinical depression.
- Clinical depression may be a result of the continuous series of emotional and psychological stressors associated with living with a chronic illness.
- Clinical depression may be a result of neurologic problems or experiences unrelated to lupus.
- Clinical depression also produces anxiety, which may aggravate physical symptoms (headache, stomach pain, etc.).
- Two common feelings associated with clinical depression are hopelessness and helplessness. People who feel hopeless believe that their distressing symptoms may never improve. People who feel helpless believe they are beyond help—that no one cares enough to help them or could succeed in helping, even if they tried.