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Chronic Pain and Depression

On this post by Dr. Kathleen Young is a brief checklist for depression. Anyone in chronic pain would test positively for depression on any given day.  There is a devilishly intimate relationship between pain and depression. We need to pat ourselves on the back when we are able to avoid its abyss. But we need to be reminded that depression is a force to be reckoned with and can often get beyond our control to deal with it. And that it is OK to seek counseling.

It is commonly known that pain patients often fall prey to the downward spiral of depression. So why aren’t physicians more apt to address this aspect of pain and dispense counseling scripts with pain scripts? We need to continue to push for more education and awareness regarding the close relationship between these two forces.

How have you dealt with depression and pain?

About Mary Byrne Eigel

Before writing children’s books, Mary spent many years teaching in classrooms and creating art in her studio. She was born with bi-lateral hip dysplasia, a painful condition that causes normal activities, like walking, to be challenging. As a child, when Mary had to trek long distances, she often wished she had a wheelchair. For her, a wheelchair offered pain-free opportunities, not limitations. Mary grew up in Chicago, which is the lakefront inspiration for the town of Sail. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two dogs, Beaux and Trey.

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