The Emotional Price Of Back Pain?
by Margaret McCraw, PhD
Let's begin with a few simple questions:
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing a medical illness known as depression.
Chronic pain and depression are two of the most common health problems that health professionals encounter, yet only a small percentage of studies have investigated the relationship between these conditions (Currie and Wang, 2004).
There are key differences between chronic pain and acute pain. The nervous system processes chronic pain differently than it does acute or “immediate” pain.
The first step in changing negative thought patterns and the associated emotions is to understand what you are going through when experiencing a depression. The good news is you have the ability to make changes that will affect the way you feel and experience life on a day-to-day basis.
Are you ready to release the depression and re-experience having fun, laughter, and pleasure with your family and friends? Of course you are. So read on, to begin shifting your life in an upward and more positive direction.
More about depression, below....
WHAT IS A DEPRESSIVE DISORDER?
A depressive disorder is an illness that involves the whole person; mind, body, spirit, and emotions. It affects the way a person perceives himself as well as his perceptions of the world, resulting in pessimism, hopelessness, sadness and often times anxiety.
Common Myths about depression:
These myths are unfounded, and represent the opposite of the truth about depression.
WHAT IS THE PERSONAL EFFECT OF DEPRESSION?
ARE YOU DEPRESSED?
It is important to understand that depression and sadness are different. The death of a loved one, loss of a relationship, or termination of a job (including retirement) will cause us to feel sad. Grief is a normal response to these situations.
Individuals experiencing challenging times will often remark they feel depressed. However, sadness, grief, and depression are not the same. Feelings of sadness and grief will lessen with time, while depression can continue for months and years if untreated.
Does this seem like you?
Read the following list and note each symptom you are experiencing:
If you agree with any of these, seek professional help. There may be nothing wrong, but if you're depressed you won't be able to determine that.
Note: Source for list – National Institute of Mental Health/NIMH (some revisions).
HOW IS DEPRESSION TREATED?
WHAT CAN I DO TO FEEL BETTER?
A four step plan to enjoy life and find fulfillment is outlined in my book, Tune Into Love. These four steps include:
TIPS FOR DAY-TO-DAY LIVING WHILE MOVING THROUGH A DEPRESSION
WHERE CAN I GET HELP?
© 2006 by Margaret McCraw, Ph.D., author of Tune Into Love
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