I just want to say basically what I said in the title.
I fully understand depression is a real medical thing with real consequences and I acknowledge that it exists outside of known medical reasons.
That said, I have finally received a diagnosis which can explains my depression as a symptom. 6 months ago I was diagnosed as a celiac. Celiac disease, as some of you will know, is an auto-immune disorder where my body attacks a protein in wheat and other wheat-like grains called gluten. My body also decides to destroy my own intestines' villi while doing so, so that I am malnourished because I don't have what I need to absorb as many nutrients as a healthy body needs. From reading personal stories and research papers, celiac disease has been implicated in all sorts of other mental problems that are likely not only due to nutrient deficiencies but also leaky gut problems from it as well: depression, schizophrenia, possibly autism, visual disturbances, concentraion problems, etc.
Although I will never know, I strongly suspect the start of my depression and my fatigue during my last year of highschool was the beginning of my celiac disease showing symptoms. Only a few years ago when I finally was getting pain in my stomach and tingling in my fingers did I really think I had someone wrong with me that was more far-reaching than mental problems. Having no family doctor I could never get a walk-in clinic to get a complete history (I'm Canadian), and the test for celiac disease was one I myself asked some random doctor to do for me. Luckily he agreed to test me for it and a couple of other things, and I was actually pretty surprised when the blood work came back positive.
I am still depressed and tired, but ever since the diagnosis, I actually am hopeful (hope, there's a word I thought I'd never use for myself outside of hopeless again...) that over time, if the celiac disease gets under control, that I can perhaps once again feel like a 'normal' person.
I just think that it's very important to fully examine anything that might medically explain your depression, because you never know!
If anyone else has any stories about your own medical explanations for depression, where depression is/was a part of the diagnosis, not the end diagnosis, share it here!
Edited by Verno, 03 August 2012 - 09:11 AM.