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The Link Between Pain And Depression

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What many do not know is that depression and feeling physical pain has a connection. “About 50 percent of people who have chronic pain also have depression,” according to Robert D. Kerns, Ph.D. The two conditions are closely related to one another since depression can cause pain, and pain can also cause depression. The problem happens when due to depression, the pain a person is feeling worsens. It is also a significant possibility that because of too much pain, a person can get depressed. The cycle is cruel, and many think that there is no relief from it.

 

Unexplainable Physical Pains

Have you ever wondered why you have back pain, your head is hurting, and your body is just not right? It can be more than the physical aspect, as mental health professionals agree, depression can create these discomforts. It’s not just any ordinary body pain. Having these pains are signs and symptoms that a person is suffering from depression. If you don’t believe it, ask some medical experts at BetterHelp.

 

How Depression “Happens”

A person will get stressed out because of his problems. He will then display a lousy mood, probably sleep fewer hours at night or sleep all day long to escape his reality, and will have no interest in activities that he previously loves doing.

 

Aside from that, a depressed person’s self-esteem will dwindle especially if the problem is financial or legal. He will then try to massage his head because it hurts. The person will also experience back pain from the stress.

 

Hurting Body, Depressed, And Physically Sick

 

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People who are sick can also get depressed because of their illness. There is a significant percentage of people with diabetes who are also suffering from depression. One of the effects is body pain.

 

Also, those who have heart disease issues will feel their body hurt starting from the head, to the chest area, and their back. It can also boost their depressed mood.

 

The Complications

When a person is depressed, experiencing body pains, and physically sick, the combination of physical and mental health conditions can be truly overwhelming. It will also be complicated to treat due to the magnitude of ailments. But it can be done, through willpower, determination, and positive thinking. Check out some other helpful tips here in this Instagram.

“Experts used to think that the amount of pain a person felt was equal to the amount of damage in their body. Today, however, we know that our thoughts and emotions can influence the perception of pain, making it much worse or less intense,” according to Beverly Thorn, Ph.D.

Treatment For Depression (With Body Pains)

Anti-depressants – It’s a good thing that some anti-depressants are useful in treating body pains and depression. Ask your doctor as to which brand is best for your conditions to correct the chemical imbalance within your system.

“Some studies suggest that a collaborative and integrative approach is best. This study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a course of antidepressants followed by a pain self-management program improved both depression and pain,” says Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

Talk Therapy – Some counselors recommend a Talk Therapy program for people with depression who also happen to feel extreme body pains. It is a type of psychotherapy or psychological counseling which can eliminate body pains caused by the depression. As for the mental health issue, it will also be curbed in time.

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – CBT is also a solution for people with depression who also happens to be experiencing body pains. Anxiety and Depression Association of America strongly recommends this therapy program.

 

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Stress-Relieving and Relaxation Techniques – How can one relieve stress and relax when he is depressed and experiencing body aches? Well, one can perform yoga, choose to meditate, do light exercise, try walking, journal writing, and more. All of these are effective strategies that can get rid of stress. However, note that each person has a coping mechanism that promotes relaxation. The suggestions mentioned above are useful and beneficial for most.

 

Alternative Treatment – Others subject to pain management programs to relieve symptoms of depression such as body pains and headaches.

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2015 Houston Physical Therapy Convention: How To Avoid Injuries

Staying away from injuries is the primary focus of the 2015 Houston Physical Therapy Convention. There was a study during the same year, after all, wherein the researchers found out that having your problematic body part rehabilitated early could lower your medical costs during the first year by 72 percent. Thus, if you could avoid inflicting pain on yourself physically, there won’t be a necessity for you even to get a consultation.

Here are the tips to prevent needing physical therapy now.

  1. Fix Your Posture

The first thing you can do wherever you are is to sit or stand properly. You cannot slump at any time – that will add unnecessary weight to your spine. It will then cause strain on your back, which may force you later to see a therapist. Moreover, bad posture can give you headaches and balance issues in the future.

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  1. Lift Things With Care

Whether you are picking up a heavy box off the floor or lifting a barbell over your head, you should realize that there are proper ways to do it. Say, for the former, it is better to squat first instead of bending forward. When it comes to the latter, you need to distribute the object’s weight all over the body so that your shoulders, arms, and back won’t hurt.

  1. Strengthen Your Hips

It also matters to take note of the fact that injuries on lower body parts are typically due to weak hips. What it entails is that the muscles in the area cannot handle physical activities such as running or walking. Hence, you need to consider doing exercises that are meant for the hips to avoid requiring rehab later.

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  1. Stretch Daily

Last but not least, you shouldn’t forget to do some stretching, regardless if you have plans on working out or not. When you come from a deep slumber, you see, your muscles and joints stayed idle for hours. You might strain them if you head to work and perform tasks there without conditioning your body first.

Take care of your physical well-being today. Good luck!

 

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How Can Your Marriage Stay Intact When Dealing With Lupus?

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The array of worries that a lupus patient thinks of depends on what age you received the diagnosis. If you’re still a teen, you might assume that chronic illness will make it harder for you to go well with your peers. Once you reach young adulthood, your thoughts may transition to whether you’ll be able to find a job or not. And when you hit the marrying age, it’s possible for you to worry about not meeting a man who will stay by your side in sickness and in health. 

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Why A Relationship Ends When One Has A Chronic Illness

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Have you ever heard of endless love? 

We do not mean the song that Lionel Richie and Diana Ross sang together way back in 1981. It’s the never-ending kind of affection that you can give to a person irrespective of their race, gender, or financial status. If you think about it, it’s almost like casting a binding magic spell on the people involved since you can’t seem to let go of each other no matter how many obstacles you come across. 

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When You Are Emotionally In Pain, Can It Become Physical Too?

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The human mind does not only regulate emotions. It also processes pain, whether it’s a pain from a broken arm or gout. Pain and emotion share space in the brain and the appropriate emotions can positively affect physical pain.

Ashley Boynes-Shuck, a blogger and health promoter from Pittsburgh, suffered from idiopathic arthritis and severe constant pain as early as ten years of age. According to her, having a positive, optimistic, and hopeful outlook in life as well as concentrating on helping other people is a marvelous way of coping with the pain.

Pain And Emotion Share The Same Space Inside The Human Mind

Inflammation in certain parts of the body, such as in rheumatoid arthritis can continue to create pain signals in the brain even though there is no physical injury. Pain from getting hurt physically or from a surgical procedure can still be felt even after the recovery of the body. The short-lived aching due to an injury is replaced by continuing, chronic pain that persists freely.

“Brain” published a study done in 2013 on a group of people for more than 12 months whose minor pain elevated to persistent and chronic physical illnesses. Dr. David Hanscom, an orthopedic spine surgeon at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle, said that the pain felt by the patients increased from minor to extreme and the acute pain center was linked with their emotional center.

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Pain Can Be Adversely Affected By Negative Emotions

The emotions you feel can affect you physically because emotions, negative or positive, share the same real estate as the sensory centers of the brain. Boynes-Shuck related that when she was down emotionally about her illnesses, she was not in the mood to socialize. She didn’t even want to go out at all. Exercise and social interaction can alleviate pain, but people with chronic pain usually don’t do it. And according to Darnall, negative emotions such as fear, anger, sadness, or depression can increase the pain being processed by your brain.

The pain felt by those suffering from it can also lead to adverse reactions. Managing pain daily can result in feelings of frustration, disgust, and stress. There are more or less 100 million Americans suffering from chronic pain, and they tend to develop depression or an anxiety issue. And take note, depressed patients are at three times at risk of suffering from chronic pain.

Lisa Harris, from Waynesville, Ohio, has had psoriatic arthritis since her mid-thirties. She states that she ’doesn’t want to leave her house to socialize with friends or to visit relatives because of the pain she experiences.

Pain Can Be Positively Affected By Positive Emotions

Darnall states that knowing that emotions affect how pain is experienced is helpful, but only if you obtain the appropriate skills to influence your experience.

There are various ways of dealing with chronic pain. You can have yourself assessed by a pain specialist, doctor, or a pain psychologist. Or you could try biofeedback, acupuncture or yoga. And any form of exercise is the right way of alleviating pain. According to Darnall, which method works differs with different individuals depending on the age and their condition. The best strategy is to face the situation in many different angles and to consult medical professionals.

Many medical professionals have themselves experienced chronic pain. Dr. Hanscom suffered from chronic back discomfort for almost 15 years. He decided to look for options other than surgery. In his book, “Back in Control,” his strategy for dealing with chronic pain includes ways on how to sleep soundly, managing his stress and taking medication for the aching, coupled with meditative-type methods to shift his brain from the pain pathways to no-pain conduits. However, Hanscom skirts the issue of emotions and chronic pain, stating feeling is but a very shallow connection to it.

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You Can Be Free From Pain

The close relationship between pain and emotions should not be a source of personal blame for people suffering from chronic pain. Darnall states that explaining the relationship between depression and feelings is about empowering people and not about blaming them. Harris shifted to a new pain management medicine for her psoriatic arthritis, and her symptoms improved, but she reports that having a transformed rapport with her family. She can now enjoy things like playing with her kids and coaching her youngest child in cheerleading, which has helped relieve her aches and pain.

Hanscom has mentioned that his patients were freed from pain using his strategies. However, there are many individuals with chronic pain who will still feel some level of pain. Despite this, their emotional state can even help them deal with their chronic pain. Boynes-Shuck states that some days are terrible for her, but daily, her attitude determines what kind of day ’she’s going to have.

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5 Ways Love Impacts Your Well-Being 

Love has been defined in so many different ways over the years. Companionship, someone to share good and bad times with, watching Netflix at two in the morning, and so much more. It is a concept with a continuously growing definition.  

 

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How To Handle An ALS Patient              

Finding out that a loved one has been diagnosed with ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis can turn your life upside down. You will feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. You are sad about the diagnosis, but you cannot allow the other person to see your suffering. While chronic illness changes your life, it doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying it,” said Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Otherwise, that loved one will experience your pain, which will ultimately make him feel ashamed about receiving your care or concerns. “Chronic pain also creates many stressors, which can lead to depression,” said Beverly Thorn, Ph.DDo not worry because we understand all these matters, which is why we have decided to write about the proper ways or methods to follow to deal with an ALS patient.

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You need to familiarize yourself with these:

Be Compassionate

Remember that the other person is experiencing or suffering from the adverse effects of the ALS illness. Because of this, it is imperative on your part to find a way to become more understanding to the said individual. Make it a habit to practice compassion so that the other person can feel that he is not a burden for you or anyone in the family. All you need to do is to become more compassionate at all times. 

Seek Help From Others

Do not forget to recognize your limitation as a human person. Accept the reality that you cannot handle everything on your own. Sometimes, all you have must do is to seek professional help from experts who know how to handle the situation of your loved one. Trust in them that they can provide the best care for the family member involved. At the same time, it is also best for you to ask help from friends and relatives during the times when you have urgent matters to attend to, and no one would be left to watch over him.

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Read About ALS

The only way to help and support someone with ALS is to find a way to understand the illness. There is a great necessity on your part to educate yourself more about what this condition is. Do not worry because there are several resources available online that you can access for free. However, make sure to verify or check the authenticity of the author of the articles as well as the authority of the site so that you can avoid misleading information or false claims. As much as possible, limit your searches to relevant and reliable sites all the time. If you need a detailed discussion about ALS, feel free to visit a medical doctor.

Have A Positive Mind

You need to start living a life that is full of positivity so that you can inspire the other person to develop a positive mind. “People who actively take charge of trying to control and manage their pain do better than those who do not,” according to Steve Bressert, Ph.D. Remember that an ALS patient feels a little down because of his current situation. He has a high tendency of being ashamed or embarrassed about his condition. At the same time, he will also suffer from the negative effects of self-pity. Because of this, it is crucial on your part to spread happiness and positivity into this person’s life. Make it a life goal to remain positive at all times.

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Whenever you start to doubt yourself, make sure to remember how far you’ve come on this journey. Do not give up easily and keep going. Change your belief system for a better life.

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