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How does fibromyalgia affect mood?

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Up to half of all people with fibromyalgia have depression or an anxiety disorder when they're initially diagnosed.

Dealing with being fatigued and in pain all the time can be stressful. You probably worry about keeping up with life and what you can do to feel better. You may become less active and more withdrawn, which can lead to depression. It's also possible that anxiety and depression may actually be a part of fibromyalgia, like the pain.

People diagnosed with fibromyalgia and depression have a hard time with concentration and short-term memory, which make it hard to remember day-to-day things, like where they've put their keys or plans they've made for lunch tomorrow.

From: Fibromyalgia Symptoms WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/11/2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fibromyalgia."

Fibromyalgia Network: "Symptoms."

National Fibromyalgia Association: "What are the Symptoms?"

American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association: "What Is Fibromyalgia?"

Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What are the Effects?"

McIlwain, H. , Holt, 2007. The Fibromyalgia Handbook

UpToDate.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fibromyalgia."

Fibromyalgia Network: "Symptoms."

National Fibromyalgia Association: "What are the Symptoms?"

American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association: "What Is Fibromyalgia?"

Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: What are the Effects?"

McIlwain, H. , Holt, 2007. The Fibromyalgia Handbook

UpToDate.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

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