Coping With the Mental Health Effects of Fibromyalgia
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Primary Changes: Updated for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Added “What Is Fibromyalgia?”, “What Are the Risk Factors for Fibromyalgia?”, “Fibromyalgia and PTSD”, “Is Depression Common With Chronic Pain Conditions?”, “Does Stress Increase Fibromyalgia-Related Depression?”, “What Happens When Fibromyalgia Is Left Untreated?”, “Medication”, “Alternative Therapies”. New material written by Nicole Arzt, LMFT and reviewed by Kristen Fuller, MD.
Author: Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW
Reviewer: Kristen Fuller, MD