Dr. Diana discusses depression and suicide ideation — two very common symptoms in dysautonomia and numerous invisible illnesses, including M.S., EDS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue or “M.E.”, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and endometriosis. Always reach out for help if you experience this symptom, and understand it is a reversible symptom.
Ty for this post. I was very couraged to hear that at least some physicians can see that we have horrendous mood swings from adrenaline swings and blood sugar swings with my Hyper A POTS, EDS III, mast cell, CS/ME, gastroparesis, crohn’s, iritis, etc. I felt comfort from this video – until you started b**sh*ting us. Dr. Driscoll, you actually think that the answer to a presently suicidal person is that you will ‘cure” us all in a short period of time? A suicidal patient should sit on pins and needles waiting for you to “cure” us when nobody else… Read more »
Hi Dr. Diana, I wanted to thank you for discussing depression and suicide thoughts as it relates to physical illness. I am recently diagnosed after going through years of pain, and unsuccesfull surgeries. I tried to kill myself twice in one week, after thinking about it for about a year. I was unsuccessful and somehow, have managed to pick up the pieces and find my fighting spirit again. I no longer am looking for an ‘out’ but rather for a way to win. However, when I would speak to other patients of EDS or go on forums and blogs it… Read more »
Carole, pain is hard to deal with. I am 64 and can hardly walk anymore. After high school I put on weight until I am now over 300. Some would say that is enough reason to end my life. I think Dr. Diana has helped me and others because, unlike most doctors, she is not motivated by money. She cares and I care. First, get serious about nutrition and take 600 mg of Magnesium each day. Zeal for Life has helped me.
I just started crying, you explained this exactly with how I feel. I have Lyme and many infections that affect my brain chemistry, because I have days where I’m fine. But this roller laster is getting so hard. I’m so struggling with this, thank you for talking about this.
I had to share this with my psychologist because there is so many things discussed that my doctor and I have been exploring in our sessions.
Dr. Driscoll – Please feel free to contact me if there is anything I can do to further the progress of finding ways to treat these conditions (CFS, Fibro, EDS-Hypermobility, Dysautonomia).
Deborah, you are in my prayers and I wish we could chat and hold each other up. Dr. Diana, WHERE IS THE DAMN CURE YOU PROMISED? You are worse than a carnival barker selling snake oil because ppl believe you. PLEASE POST the “cure” you have found (my original post was 1 2013 – SURELY you’ve cured us by now … and explain why YOU are going to be our savior. CRUEL POST, Dr. Diana.
Jessica, hope things are better. It is the lack of caring from friends and family that I think led to the suicidal need to give up, along with the endless pain and suffering, plus the weekly insults from physicians.
Dear Carole, I know it’s been a few months since you posted on here so I’m not sure if you’ll see my post to you. – I just wanted to say that people do care, even if some of those people are those that you meet on sights like this. I have experienced deep depression, feeling helpless and lost, not understood and afraid. It is so difficult to get through those hard days and nights when you feel alone and that people just don’t understand, or never will. Life can be hard to cope with at times, but I just… Read more »
I believe symptoms could bee relieved with thyroid med but my heart pounds too hard if I take westhroid so I live a shifty isolated life barely getting essentials done-so sick of struggling to get by each day instead ofbeing productive
I am so exhausted. I can relate to the video on depression and suicidal thoughts. I watch my Mom and Dad die from Alzimers and other illnesses. I had to make the decision to let the doctors turn off the life support to my younger brother. And I live with this every day. I have been going through testing after testing getting normal results, but my symptoms still exists and doctors stop trying to find out what is wrong. I had to put my health problems on hold. Mother in law passed out twice in one day being hospitalized and… Read more »
I’ve been on Worker’s Comp and taking Suboxone for pain for 5 years and they cut me off cold and since I’m too ill to work I considered just throwing in the towel because I can’t really afford the medication on my own. Like my life to these people is worth less than the 10 dollars a day to keep my pain at bay. I was injured at work and had a failed back surgery and that started this downward spiral. I found a way to get coupon for the pain meds for now and am seeing a rheumatologist to… Read more »
I have severe POTS and I’m coming close to ending it all. I can’t live like this or work anymore although I need to make living. Being gone and sleeping forever seems so much easier.