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Dealing With a Lupus Depression: How Do You Cope?


 Dealing with a Lupus Depression: How do you cope? 

Lupus and Depression
Because lupus can force you to make adjustments in your life and any change is not always easy, it is understandable how you could feel down sometimes, how could you not? The holiday season can amplify any feelings of isolation and loneliness.  
In general, people with chronic illnesses like lupus, are at higher risk for depression.  Studies have shown that as many as 60%*of people with chronic illness can face depression at some point in their lives.  It is very important to recognize these feelings and if you have sadness or depression that lasts more than a few weeks, we, at Molly’s Fund, encourage you to have those feelings evaluated by a medical professional.

The Five Stages of Grieving

When anyone suffers any kind of a loss, they will inevitably go through the five stages of grieving. 
Finding out that you have an incurable illness like lupus, is certainly a loss. Perhaps you feel that you have lost the vision of the kind of life you expected to have- hoped you would have. These feelings of loss are valid and must be dealt with before you can move through to stage 5, acceptance. Everyone moves through these steps at different paces, and for no two people is it the same.  Some find that the depression stage takes the longest to move out of, for others it is anger, and still for others it can be denial and so on.

Here are the five stages:

  1.  Denial
  2.  Anger
  3. Barganing
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance  

Some Warning Signs of Clinical Depression and Where to Get Help

If you are feeling any or all of these following signs, please talk to somebody you love and trust and/or seek medical assistance. You don’t ever have to ‘go it alone’, there are people out there who care!  

The warning signs you should not ignore:Lupus and Depression

If you are having suicidal feelings, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at
The task of finding resources can be daunting but there are places on the web you can go to find the help you need. If you would like help in finding the right caregiver for you here are some useful links.
The American Psychological Association:
The American Mental Health Alliance :
The National Institute of Mental Health is also a great resource for psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors and other mental health specialists:

How do you combat a lupus depression? The B.G.T.Y. Theory.

What is the B.G.T.Y. Theory?  It is quite simple actually. Be Good To Yourself.


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Article by : Karrie Sundbom

Karrie is the Digital Marketing Manager at Molly's Fund and responsible for innovating content for all of Molly's Funds online communications, creating memes and graphics, writing the MFFL Newsletter and main lupus blogs, as well as developing and managing the content for all of our social media platforms. Connect with Karrie on LinkedIn and Google+ .
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