I had an appt yesterday to discuss my back problems and my depression for SSDI. I have something I would like to share with you all that I was told. I felt a sense of validation hearing this from a medical professional.
I was describing how I've battled with depression most of my life but had it pretty much under control with therapy and medications. I then went on to describe how I'm having a difficult time since I've been dealing with constant, severe chronic pain. He then said to me that being depressed when you have chronic pain is common, he said if I wasn't feeling some sort of depression in my case then he would worry cuz it's unusual not to feel down and depressed at some point while dealing with chronic pain.
I already knew this but hearing it for the first time from the mouth of a medical professional made me feel a sense of comfort or that I wasn't crazy.