Evening all, I had a baby boy 8 months ago (wonderful and so exciting) and have also been struggling a bit recently with tiredness - so many people say that the first year is hard and having MS obviously adds to that!! Mainly the fatigue - but wouldn’t have it any other way I have MS and anxiety conditions - maybe related, maybe not - guess may never know. I was at the GP recently for another reason, and feeling a bit overwhelmed with sleep deprivation etc, and the subject of my anxiety came up and I burst into tears. We agreed I might benefit from CBT and so have just been assessed for depression and anxiety and I came back with moderate for both conditions.
I agree I suffer from anxiety - always have to a greater or lesser degree and it always comes out when I’m tired (new baby - it would!!) - but generally I am proud of the fact that I manage my various health issues pretty well as I think a lot of us do on here!!
I honestly don’t think I’m depressed however. I find great joy and satisfaction in my life every day, as well as hardships and tiredness, but that’s life isn’t it, I haven’t lost interest in things, I take care of my appearance, but don’t have a lot of time for myself as I have a new baby!? However, I came back with a score that just tipped me into moderately depressed, which I was surprised and actually upset to hear! I don’t related to the main symptoms.
When I reviewed the general health questionnaire PQH-9, my answer to two of the questions are related specifically to my circumstances, and I think not to being depressed - I got a high score for the moving and speaking slowly, which can be a symptom of depression but it is also a symptom of MS and happens to me sometimes when I overheat, and the sleeping question was kind of obvious. I mean surely the majority of people have poor sleep in the first year of having a baby?? But aren’t automatically depressed. So feel that the diagnosis isn’t accurate. I’m quite upset. I don’t want to add depression to my list of health conditions - got enough to deal with as it is thank you! Wondered if anyone had taken the PQH-9 test and felt the same? Could I be in denial however and don’t want to face it?? A bit confused!!
Thanks for any thoughts and sorry for anon