From The Sun: According to a new study, one in ten women with the chronic condition endometriosis are at a greater risk of developing mental health problems. The pain caused by the condition is associated with higher levels of anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders.
It is also true that those who have been traumatized are more likely to develop physiological issues like endometriosis. But it’s good that the piece recognizes that chronic pain causes people to feel emotional distress. I just wish it weren’t called “mental illness” in the piece.
I remember contending with this. Pain so severe once a month that I prayed to die. It was a 2-3 day loss of all functioning lying in bed waiting for the agony to pass every month. Try explaining it to an employer and you get brushed off, written up, and eventually fired. It’s not just the endometriosis but also how it complicates functioning that is far more likely the cause of “mental health issues”. This “research” as most of the rest now days, falls a bit short of taking all factors into account on top of the flaw of small, unrepresentative sample size. It also makes women victims of their biology when that just isn’t the case. The economic factors are at least as devestating devastating.