How is your… mental health?
We find all manner and number of psychiatric and mental health challenges and diagnoses commonly comorbid with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, especially
depression and anxiety.
Unfortunately, too many doctors immediately stop listening to our complaints of very real physical pain and other trouble once these are identified. (Some of our family members too.) But that doesn’t stop them from deserving attention and treatment and support, even if we are diagnosed with a connective tissue disorder as well. Here are a few resources to that end.
Related Support Sites and Blogs
National Alliance on Mental Illness (US) – ongoing classes and support for the mentally ill and their families and caregivers Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (can help curb spiraling emotions, suicidal ideations and self-harming behaviors) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in the British Isles New ALPIM Syndrome Linking Panic Disorder to Physical Illness (likely EDS) 2015 Many EDSers find they have signs of histadelia (high arousal, emotional states, depression) from likely MCAD and Histamine Intolerance too, which can be eased by trigger avoidance and use of anti-histamines (in concert with your doctors!) Others may find their depression and anxiety affected by their methylation levels as well Worry Wise Kids Anxiety and EDS via EDSH Info Mental Health Awareness for Teens The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution (Trudy Scott) Three with ADHD blog The Spoon Theory of energy conservation for the chronically ill by Christine Miserandino, great for sharing with friends & family Useful Links for Chronic Illness (all kinds) via @PajamaDaze NICABM has great info on healing trauma and working with PTSD of all kinds for all ages. Stress Effects and Stress Managment Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (including Chronic PTSD) Neuroplasticity Resources (you can retrain your brain to correct actual neuroimbalances to some degree. See also the book “Disconnected Kids” be Melillo, R. MD) Codependents Anonymous (affects more people than we think even in absence of substance abuse, it’s more of a behavioral pattern, think of as being “too nice”) Anxiety Disorders Resource Center of the AACAP Resources for Military Service Personnel and Families via Cornell University Academic Accommodations for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities via UW P rocess Coaching for healing emotional trauma NICABM has great info on healing trauma and working with PTSD of all kinds for all ages. Stress Effects and Stress Managment Neuroplasticity Resources (you can retrain your brain to correct actual neuroimbalances to some degree. See also the book “Disconnected Kids” be Melillo, R. MD) The Narcissist Family Files – great resource for children of narcissistic parents (many of us) Each Person Counts – recovery help for borderline personality disorder, which is beginning to be seen as a natural resopnse to childhood trauma, known or not How I Realized My Mom was a Narcissist via Tonic (more common than we think in our families, can be true of any member, good advice for all) 14 Ways Narcissists Can be Like Cult Leaders – via Psych Central Borderline Personality Disorder: A Dysregulation of the Endogenous Opioid Regulation System? 2010 Psychological Review, Bandelow, Schmal et al People Who Are Double-Jointed Are More Likely to Be Anxious – 2015 Scientific American Childhood trauma leads to life-long chronic illness – via ACES too high Society for Research into Empathy, Cruelty and Sociopathy Resources Sleep and mental health via Online Mattress Review
A precious spoon!
Journal Articles on the Comorbidity of Hypermobility and Psychiatric Issues
Brain structure and joint hypermobility: relevance to the expression of psychiatric symptoms BJP 2012 Psychopathological manifestations of joint hypermobility and joint hypermobility syndrome/ Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type: The link between connective tissue and psychological distress revised. 2015 Joint hypermobility and autonomic hyperactivity: relevance to neurodevelopmental disorders 2014 Eccles, Iodice et al Psychiatric disorders in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome are frequent, diverse and strongly associated with pain $pringer 2015 Hershenfeld, Wasim et al Unexpected Association between joint hypermobility syndrome/Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome hypermobility type and obsessive-compulsive disorders 2014 The relationship between benign joint hypermobility syndrome and psychological distress: a systematic review and meta analysis Rheumatology 2014 Nationwide population-based cohort study of psychiatric disorders in individuals with Ehlers–Danlos syndrome or hypermobility syndrome and their siblings 2015 Cederloff, Larsson et al Neurovisceral phenotypes in the expression of psychiatric symptoms 2015 Eccles et al Ingestion of Lactobacillus strain regulates emotional behavior and central GABA receptor expression in a mouse via the vagus nerve 2011 PubMed Pseudo-psychiatric symptoms in EDS patients Dr. Pocinki EDNF Conf 2013 Nationwide population-based cohort study of psychiatric disorders in individuals with Ehlers–Danlos syndrome or hypermobility syndrome and their siblings 2016 Cederloff, Larsson et al, BMC Psychiatry Immunopsychiatry: Important facts – April 2017 Khandaker, Danzer, Jones Blog post on how mast cell disease can affect mood, anxiety and depression by Lisa Klimas Pain and gastrointestinal dysfunction are significant associations with psychiatric disorders in patients with Ehlers–Danlos syndrome and hypermobility spectrum disorders: a retrospective study 2019 Wasim, Suddaby et al
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