Reply To: Dealing with the anger

November 20, 2016 at 5:08 pm

Anger or irritability is fairly common for many of us suffering from this debilitating disease CIDP. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent is more common amongst men. Our tolerance level becomes low, our temper short, and everything and everyone gets on our nerves when we are feeling our health slip away and can’t stop it quickly enough.

This was I following the onset of my GBS/CIDP/MFS in 2008. I was paralyzed, couldn’t help myself, could see well, couldn’t talk well, couldn’t stand or walk, and couldn’t feed myself. I felt my life was coming to an end and I wanted to help end it. But I couldn’t pull a trigger and even press keys on a cell phone or TV remote lol. It was a terrible time in my life. I experienced many anger spells, along with deep depression over my worsening condition and why the treatments didn’t fix me NOW.

I had a mild case of depression. My Doctor urged me to take an anti-depressant to help me through this stage. I took it for just shy of a year, long enough for me to regain some of my functions and rebuild a more positive outlook about my future. It did help reduce my feelings of anger and depression.

Perhaps you should talk with your Doctor and explore using a mild anti-depressant. Some examples along with possible side affects are listed here:

You and your wife may both benefit from some of the educational materials found here:

Hang in there, it gets better!