Hi M. I can’t believe that you got that response, Shingles is extremely painful (I had it in January and can sympathise) and nerve pain is probably the worst type of pain there is. It’s no wonder you felt depressed, especially if it took a while to resolve. I wish sometimes that these insensitive people could be given a week or so to live life in the shoes of those they insult!! I do have depression and take happy pills which suit me and help me cope but that doesn’t mean I’m a really miserable soul. I have lovely friends and family who appear to enjoy my company and I doubt they would if I was.
I’ve been on Citalopram for years now and people have said that they can’t believe I do suffer with depression but when I come off them I become agoraphobic and won’t leave the house. I had this prior to ms and my meds haven’t had to be increased so it obviously hasn’t made it worse, and if ms made everyone depressed I’d imagine that’d be the case. It’s like grief in a way, or other factors that may cause depression like a breakup etc, it affects everyone differently.
Not everyone will get depression in their lives but surely they’ll have down times. And we’re no different except we have a bit more on our plates to cope with. I think you should be very proud of yourself, you obviously handle stress really well, and don’t let your “fit” get you down, I’ve seen grown men crumble and cry over shingles pain. And ignore the ignorant, they pee many of us off with comments about people who they know nothing about.