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If you have auto immune diseases, how do you know if your problem is rooted in SAD or auto immune diseases since there is symptom overlap?

By Anonymous March 21, 2014 - 12:11pm
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Hello Anonymous,

Which autoimmune disease have you been diagnosed with?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year.

I disagree that there are overlapping symptoms. In particular, what are you referring to?

Diagnosis of SAD is made by an internist and or psychiatrist. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease is made by an internist and or rheumatologist. With a simple blood test to detect inflammation, an autoimmune disease can be suggested.


March 21, 2014 - 5:07pm
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you for your response. My diagnosed autoimmune diseases are lupus, scleroderma, sjrogrens (sp?), raynauds, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. I know there's not been the same kind of clinical diagnosis for the last 2 as the first four. I'll have to review the list of symptoms again for SADS to address that part of your inquiry. Over time, I've done a lot of research for my autoimmune diseases looking for answers, information, hope, and support. I have always told all my doctors, "Everything we know today medically, we did not know at one point in time. The answers are out there." Even the Director of the Autoimmune Research Center at John Hopkins said he could not agree with me more and to never let anyone tell me otherwise. Thank you, Anna

March 21, 2014 - 8:47pm
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