CFS: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
CFIDS: Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome
ME: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

All different names for the same thing.

I’ve written about how my depression would lift with rest. Depression is a very common attribute of CFIDS. What if some of my depression was caused by CFS/CFIDS/ME?

One source states that “Some medications including benzodiazapines, beta-blockers, sedatives, antidepressants, and excessive use of antibiotics can cause fatigue.”

So you get myalgic encephalomyelitis, get depressed, and take antidepressants, which make it worse, and there you go on the not-so-merry-go-round.

Have any of you been diagnosed with a fatigue illness? Taken drugs? Had reactions to them? Please either comment here or notify me at if you have any experience with fatigue/depression/drugs.


About annecwoodlen

I am a tenth generation American, descended from a family that has been working a farm that was deeded to us by William Penn. The country has changed around us but we have held true. I stand in my grandmother’s kitchen, look down the valley to her brother’s farm and see my great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Hannah standing on the porch. She is holding the baby, surrounded by four other children, and saying goodbye to her husband and oldest son who are going off to fight in the Revolutionary War. The war is twenty miles away and her husband will die fighting. We are not the Daughters of the American Revolution; we were its mothers. My father, Milton C. Woodlen, got his doctorate from Temple University in the 1940’s when—in his words—“a doctorate still meant something.” He became an education professor at West Chester State Teachers College, where my mother, Elizabeth Hope Copeland, had graduated. My mother raised four girls and one boy, of which I am the middle child. My parents are deceased and my siblings are estranged. My fiancé, Robert H. Dobrow, was a fighter pilot in the Marine Corps. In 1974, his plane crashed, his parachute did not open, and we buried him in a cemetery on Long Island. I could say a great deal about him, or nothing; there is no middle ground. I have loved other men; Bob was my soul mate. The single greatest determinate of who I am and what my life has been is that I inherited my father’s gene for bipolar disorder, type II. Associated with all bipolar disorders is executive dysfunction, a learning disability that interferes with the ability to sort and organize. Despite an I.Q. of 139, I failed twelve subjects and got expelled from high school and prep school. I attended Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College and got an associate’s degree after twenty-five years. I am nothing if not tenacious. Gifted with intelligence, constrained by disability, and compromised by depression, my employment was limited to entry level jobs. Being female in the 1960’s meant that I did office work—billing at the university library, calling out telegrams at Western Union, and filing papers at a law firm. During one decade, I worked at about a hundred different places as a temporary secretary. I worked for hospitals, banks, manufacturers and others, including the county government. I quit the District Attorney’s Office to manage a gas station; it was more honest work. After Bob’s death, I started taking antidepressants. Following doctor’s orders, I took them every day for twenty-six years. During that time, I attempted%2
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3 Responses to CFS/CFIDS/ME

  1. Jillian G. MacNeill says:

    I would appreciate it if you were upfront & clear about your comment policy.

  2. annecwoodlen says:

    Jill, in response to your statement: “You don’t meet criteria for a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome because you have a very solid history of psychiatric disorders.”

    My “history of psychiatric disorders” was caused by taking antidepressants on top of having CFIDS.

    The CFIDS came first, bringing with it the associated depression. The depression was treated with antidepressants, which later became contraindicated. “Some medications including benzodiazapines, beta-blockers, sedatives, antidepressants, and excessive use of antibiotics can cause fatigue.” Likewise, at the time it also was not known that antidepressants can cause increased depression and suicidal feelings, which is what happened to me.

    First came CFIDS then came antidepressants then came psychiatric disorders. Actually, first came my fiancé’s death then came CFIDS and so on.

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