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Mental Health Issues accossiated with VF

 
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Kathy



Joined: 31 Mar 2007
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Location: Holiday, Florida

PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 7:57 am    Post subject: Mental Health Issues accossiated with VF Reply with quote

My son had disseminating VF in 2003. He almost died from pneumonia & menningitis caused by VF. He survived & was doing OK. Since the illness he has displayed some worrisome behaviors.He appears to be very depressed and has started exhibiting suicidal tendencies. I was wondering if others have seen the same thing happen to the people who have VF. Please let me know.
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Sally G



Joined: 01 Oct 2006
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Location: Tracy, CA

PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Kathy;

I have VF but it was never disseminated. I can tell you the huge toll it took on me mentally and on my family was pretty devastating. I became very depressed and anxious. Thank God I found a good psychatrist and was able to get on medication to help me cope. I still have episodes of being very scared....when I get sick or just don't feel well, I start getting depressed. I am coping, but it's been a rough road for me. I was not depressed or anxious before any of this happened. It's almost like....post traumatic stress syndrome.

I am 41 years old and my husband and I have a 3 & 1/2 year old daughter. We both work full time.

Get your son to a doctor who can help him get through whatever he is dealing with.

How is his health now?

God Bless you both. The people here are great and can help you get through this tough time in your life.

Sally
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GPM



Joined: 28 Jun 2006
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Location: san diego

PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kathy,

Get your son to a psychiatrist right away for medication and to a psychologist or good counselor to talk it out.

It is well known that when a critical illness hits us, our whole psyche is shaken to the core. We are faced with questions about life, death, relationships, who we are, on and on. Add to that the fear and uncertainty of a strange illness, the scary treatments, being poked and prodded, etc. All in all it is a major jolt to anyone.

There is no doubt your son is depressed. Everyone here either is depressed or was depressed. Do not be afraid of the anti depressants. They are necessary to elevate the important mood regulating chemicals in the brain. During a systemic infection everything gets out of whack. And he will need to talk about it with someone is is qualified (there are good and bad counselors just like doctors - it must be someone he likes).

Most of what you describe sounds like the after affects of a major illness. However, we do not fully understand what a fungal infection does to the brain. That is why you must take all the measures available to you right away to see if you can't get some immediate relief and long term stability.

If your son wants to talk about the depression feel free to contact me - I have struggle with this for nearly 15 years.

God bless,

Greg
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JB



Joined: 29 Dec 2004
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Location: Central California

PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the doctors I went to when I had active VF said that patients who have had bouts with VF often become depressed. He said that was not unusual. As he explained it to me, some of the hardest hit, emotionally, are people who were very physically active and who have been laid low by this illness for a long period of time, unable to do the things they want to do because of pain and fatigue.

I know for me I felt depressed because of those very things and also because of the uncertainty of "if" or "when" I was going to get better. I remember feeling very useless and burdensome to myself and especially to my family. When you are used to being the caretaker, the breadwinner and being totally independent and then VF knocks you down flat, it's devastating.

I hope he can get some help for his depression and have a sense of hope that things will eventually get better. If he is suicidal, get him to a doctor IMMEDIATELY. Even if he tries to convince you that he feels fine. I took a low dose antidepressant for about two years and it helped me cope tremendously. I fought the thought of using medication for a while, but in the end, going an medication was a good decision for me.

As someone else already stated and I agree, after fighting this disease, it's almost as if one suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome
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Nana



Joined: 26 Sep 2006
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Location: Michigan

PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry you both are going through this. PLEASE get him to a professional for help with his depression. No matter what the cause, it must be addressed.

As the other replies stated, any serious illness can bring on depression.

Take care and Godspeed,
Nana
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John



Joined: 29 Dec 2004
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Location: Las Vegas, NV

PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 5:00 am    Post subject: Mental Health Issues Reply with quote

Just wanted to add my confirmation to what's been said, especially where it was stated that it seems to really affect people who were very physically active. It's been many years and doctors and specialists and medications and ............. on and on! I was sent to UCLA for the experts and they suggested mental counseling. I did that and the conclusion was that I'm okay, it's just not being able to do what I've done for the first 50+ years of my life that causes the depression and anxiety --- called a profound loss. It's a weird feeling, having this VF. Even though my physical symptoms point to medical problems, specific tests say I'm okay. Mental confusion for the simplest of tasks (sometimes) and crazy, unexplained pains can make you go "crazy" and feel like you need to be put away. By all means, encourage your son that he's worthy and seek any type of help you can. I was an ultra runner for about 30 years and am used to lots of physical labor in construction work, I hate this feeling of thinking I've lost my abilities I've always had, still have them, just have to work a lot harder to maintain the efforts. John
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GPM



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kathy,

Just wondering how it is going? Let us know.

Greg
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