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    Hi,

    I looked over rheumys paperwork and will start filling out today for next wed. One question in "Past History" have u ever had a nervous breakdown? made me wonder why they ask that? Can anyone shed light on rheumatology and psychiatric conditions? Although they have a section dividing up the whole body and Psychiatric is one of them.
    Is that like a marker for the people who may get psychosis?
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    Lupus can affect your CNS. As such, many of us suffer with depression - in fact, Lupus can bring on clinical depression.
    These are among the most common psychological and physical symptoms of clinical depression:

    • Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
    • Sadness
    • Crying (often without reason)
    • Insomnia or restless sleep, or sleeping too much
    • Changes in appetite leading to weight loss or weight gain
    • Feelings of uneasiness, anxiety, or irritability
    • Feelings of guilt or regret
    • Lowered self-esteem or feelings of worthlessness
    • Inability to concentrate or difficulty thinking
    • Diminished memory and recall
    • Indecisiveness
    • Lack of interest in things formerly enjoyed
    • Lack of energy
    • General slowing and clouding of mental functions
    • Diminished sexual interest and/or perfor*mance
    • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

    If untreated, clinical depression can lead to a complete psychological collapse, often called a nervous breakdown. So, this question would seem to suggest that your doctors are attempting to ascertain if your Lupus has affected your Central Nervous System. That is my best guess (lol). I hope that it was a bit helpful.

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    Thanks Saysusie,

    The reason I ask is I did many many years ago suffer what is called a "nervous breakdown". I tend to never mention it to dr's b/c I don't want to get labeled. However; I did check the box yes for my rheumy I felt I should. Does this mean she is going to be looking for I don't feel depressed but I imagine already having Hypothyroidism and Fibromyalgia for years now have contributed to some of my problems on the list. Its odd too I used to never cry then I all of a sudden I started crying briefly when I had my last what I thought were bad FM flares but obviously were Lupus flares. I was just reading some of the ways lupus effects the brain I have already had major memory problems but they got worse a couple of yrs ago with everything else. I wonder if anyone else has this problem: I confuse stop lights as in I stop at a green light and want to go through or make a left turn at a red. I have noticed this usually occurs during bad weather or maybe pressure changes. Scary, never know when it is going to happen. I don't drive much b/c of it.
    Thanks for your (always) helpful reply.
    Heron

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    Hi Heron;
    Yes, indeed, many of us suffer from the Lupus Fog and quite a few here have CNS involvement. If you'd like a little chuckle to brighten up your day, please read the posts in "You Know You Have Lupus Fog When.." You will see that, again, you are not alone!
    http://forum.wehavelupus.com/showthr...Brain-Fog-When

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