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May 26 Lupus Fact
If you have lupus, you can expect to have times when you won’t feel well emotionally. Sometimes, lupus can prevent you from going out and doing the things you want to do. Maybe your lupus rash has flared up and you don’t look the way you’d like — it’s only natural that this can lead to feelings of sadness and stress in a person. When such feelings lead to depression, it’s known as reactive depression. The other, more commonly recognized form of depression is called chemical depression, (sometimes referred to as clinical depression), and it can go on for longer and be much harder to come out of. This type of depression, which is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, can make your lupus symptoms feel worse, and it needs to be treated.