I tried to express my frustration: The onslaught of Fibromyalgia is a difficult and confusing time. The symptoms come and go in waves. Over the years you might have gone to your family physician about recurring aches and pains, you might have gone to the Physiotherapist or the Chiropractor. You probably ignored many things, thinking it is just part of life, and not wanting to waste precious time over little things. Normally a cheerful, optimistic person, it is much easier to focus on the good times, and forget the painful times. Then the symptoms started getting stronger and more painful. Life started getting more difficult. Then just when you were ready to say, hey, something is wrong here, the pain lessened and you could function again..... Then another wave would come..... Eventually, the symptoms get serious, scary symptoms, you think something is wrong with your heart. It isn’t beating normally. You go to your doctor, tests are done, nothing is wrong....... Symptoms wane, you function a little less as well as you once did, but you do,,,, then wham, here comes another one. Go to the doctor again, more tests, painful tests, nothing...... This is repeated a number of times. You might even have a surgery that you don’t need. Then you start to doubt yourself, and your sanity. So do others..... You don’t want to go out of the house much. Lots of reasons, lots of symptoms. You start feeling sad alot. People who knew you before are wondering what is going on. Your Adult children are worrying about you. You don’t sleep well. You hurt. You forget things. You can’t think straight. You don’t feel like dancing anymore.....You can’t hold a job. You go back to the doctor. You agree with him that you are depressed. You take antidepressants. Waves come and go. Each one getting bigger, symptoms getting stronger. To yourself you sound like a whiner. You tell your husband you are still here, in your body, under all these symptoms, and you will come back. Your doctor wants you to see a psychiatrist. Yes, he agrees by this time that you have Fibromyalgia, however, he wants you to see this doctor anyway. You go. Afterwards, when reading his report, you read “Her tendency to somatize”; “ She seems to have settled into a fibromyalgia kind of pattern in keeping with her tendency to somatize.” So, what causes depression in Fibromyalgia patients? The “frustration of the condition” is a very simple way of putting it indeed.