ME/CFS sufferers can list many things that they would like to do if well enough,
but those that suffer with depression cannot.” When I recently heard someone make a dismissive comment about a ME/CFS sufferer who was depressed, adding in air quotes around the word, Donna’s comment resurfaced in my mind.
Most people understand that depression is a real disease. And if it’s prolonged, there is often a physical cause for the imbalance that triggers and sustains it.
But what is different when we compare the diagnosis of depression with ME/CFS and depression? On an NIH website I found a paper titled “A Systematic Review of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Don't Assume It's Depression.” Here’s the link for the full text. The following Table was attached to the article. I found it enlightening and worth sharing.
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Comparison Between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Depression Across Different Studies