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My 18yearold brother was diagnosed with AS back in Jan14 and from then I have seen a HUGE change in his mood (as to be expected). The pain he experiences is often chronic (Mostly legs/feet but also back, shoulders, hands, pretty much everywhere). He is currently trialling different types of medication which haven't really worked for him and has only had 6 sessions of physio since his diagnosis.
As it stands he does not leave his room, he does not go out with friends (or will have them come over), he will not even attempt to work part time/look for a suitable position just to trial, his sleeping pattern is awful (I understand he has huge trouble sleeping however he makes no effort to to look into what is out there for him to ease this problem).
I have tried talking to him and I have tried backing off completely and everything in between but he will not open up to anyone. I think he needs to talk to someone in the same position as him or a professional, focusing on quality of life/depression or 'low times' but I dont know how to encourage him to do so.
Are there any AS sufferers who have gone through this state of depression that could share their experience and how they got through it? Or perhaps a proffessional that could offer further advice? I would grately appreciate it!
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