One of the more common symptoms Superficial Siderosis patients will experience, besides Sensorineural Hearing Loss or Ataxia, is depression. As your clinical symptoms progress patients are forced to adjust to drastic quality of life changes. Stressors take over challenging you daily.
Chronic stress can naturally evolve into depression, but there is also evidence of a biological connection. Screening Superficial Siderosis patients for depression needs to be a regular part of their plan of care. Loss of concentration, sleep disturbance, cognitive and behavior changes can be the cause of and caused by depression. Increased physical pain and fatigue can be real consequences in a depressive state. Friends or family often believe feeling sad is run-of-the-mill, so it’s easy to miss the distress.¹
Personality and mood disorders often develop in Superficial Siderosis patient when cerebellar degeneration is present. New studies have shown the cerebellum plays a critical role in mood function.²
Depression, anxiety and irritability symptoms are all intensified. Depression, in turn, will elevate pain levels, magnify cognitive difficulties and be responsible for a general feeling of melancholy.
Your yearly plan-of-care should include screening for depression. Therapy sessions with a psychiatrist or psychologist will help control feelings and mood.
Updated: June 19, 2018