Symptoms And Treatment Of A Fibromyalgia

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APPROACHING FIBROMYALGIA-RELATED DEPRESSION There are various approaches by which a fibromyalgia (FM) patient can better cope with bouts of depression, self-pity, and anxiety. First and foremost, a patient must consult with a health professional or a mental health specialist for a psychological evaluation. Once diagnosed, there are several methods of treating depression, which include and psychotherapy, medication, and self-help techniques. Through Psychotherapy Also known as “talk therapy”, psychotherapy helps FM patients manage pain and deal with illness by changing their outlook or perception about situations. The two main types of psychotherapy which are touted to be most effective in treating depression are cognitive-behavioral…show more content…
CBT may be effective for mild to moderate depression. On the other hand, it may not be the best option for some, particularly those with severe type of depression. IPT. This approach is a short-term treatment which aims to address interpersonal issues, putting attention on symptoms related to personal relationships of a patient, particularly with the loved ones, family, and friends. On the other hand, it does not focus on resolving personality issues, but on relationship issues, particularly on identifying problems specifically in a patient’s interaction with others Counselling. Another popular type of psychological therapy is counselling. This may be conducted in group sessions or one-on-one talks with a therapist. In counselling, a patient is encouraged to share his experiences and thoughts. During these sessions, patients may find some strategies so better cope with pain or handle other issues related to FM symptoms. Group therapy may be more practical and economical. Nevertheless, individual therapy is regarded as a more effective way. Through Medication Antidepressants mainly affect the brain chemicals serotonin and norepinephrine -- the neurotransmitters responsible for regulating and enhancing mood. On the other hand, while antidepressants are generally effective, they may have adverse side effects; thus a patient taking antidepressants should be closely monitored. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Among the newest and most
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