I'm not sure if the complete title is viewable, but it is the title of an abstract, "The Relationship between Psychological Well-Being and Disability in Women with Fibromyalgia". There seems to be so many articles relating to this issue that after reading this one, I felt the desire to voice an opinion. Whether the outcomes of these studies have any "facts" bearing weight, I do not know, however.... Number 1)- Fibromyalgia has no test to verify that one actually has "a condition". Due to this, many people tend to not believe it even exists. This includes, friends, family, co-workers, employers, and yes even the Medical Society. The illnesses with which Fibromyalgia is compared to, have tests to validate one's illness, thereby giving legitimacy to it and acceptance from ones environment. This can and does have a extremely "STRONG" negative impact on how one with the illness of FMS is perceived and treated. The illness of FMS gives birth and attaches to a person with FMS a whole new world of adjectives/labels, as well as a host of other words, snide remarks, perceptions whispers, sarcastic body language from others, talking behind FMSer's back, no one wants to associate with you, and trust me, I could go on and on. How would these study results come out if the other illnesses had these implications applied to them in everyday life, from all different walks of life, ever since the very first Dr. appointment, and there were no test to validate them.? This is years I'm speaking of. Almost like being brain-washed. Number 2)- It may have changed somewhat now, but as can be recalled years back by some FMSers, and maybe all of them, it seems it was the Medical Society who first "planted the seed" that if you come in and said you thought you may have FMS, you were disregarded as having a Mental Health problem,- depressed I think it was- and sent off to have an appt. scheduled in Behavioral Health, if not just given a prescription for an antidepressant, take 2, and call me in the morning attitude (but don't really call me). Made one feel kind of ashamed. We must keep in mind that this scenario does not happen just once or twice, oh no, this scenario which consists of but not limited to: "made to feel as if you are lessor of a person than others", not taken seriously but instead mockingly intimidated, belittled, given "The Look", why are you wasting my time attitude, made to feel ashamed, told over and over that you hurt because you are depressed, and again I could continue with examples for quite some time -this scenario keeps going on for years and years, over and over. However, I think most if not all FMSers who have experienced this will say, and I agree, the worst has to be; when on top of all this doubt, intimidation, and downright made to feel as if you are a liar, to top it off..."You are now a drug seeker!" Just another low-life looking for a way to get a quick buzz liar. Now it's time to leave with tears in our eyes because we have been labeled dirty, told we are depressed from day one so we must be. What else could be wrong if nothing shows up on tests. Plus, we have to go home and suffer in our physical pain. Then one day, a long, long time from that very first Dr. appt. when this hideous journey began, the fortunate FMSer will have that long awaited appointment with the Dr. who believes, cares, is concerned, and in his/her compassionate Intake, we quite don't know if this is for real!! There are numerous MD articles with this same opinion. They are aware and compassionate to such an injust labeling to a person who truthfully and literally does not feel well physically. I'm not saying depression is nowhere to be found. But, there are a host of illnesses and a host of them are attached to depresson also. When a person has there independence, tons of physical abilities, ripped away or slithered away like a snake, and their whole life turned around and upside down, well I guess i would expect to see depression. I can't think of one person whom these actions would place a smile upon their face. Please excuse any things I may have said or typos that appear stupid as well as depressesd responses, for I too have FMS.