The human mind, inherently impatient, triggers emotional reactions when our ideas about how things should be collide with how things are. (Source)
Through the mind, we create a prison of suffering and then forget that we are the architect and that we ourselves hold the key that will set us free. (Source)
Because depression in patients with chronic pain frequently goes undiagnosed, it often goes untreated. Pain symptoms and complaints take center stage on most doctor visits. The result is depression — along with sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, lack of energy, and decreased physical activity, which may make pain much worse.
Some of the overlap between depression and chronic pain can be explained by biology. Depression and chronic pain share some of the same neurotransmitters — brain chemicals that act as messengers traveling between nerves. Depression and chronic pain also share some of the same nerve pathways.
Chronic pain and depression can affect a person’s entire life.
Chronic pain and depression are my entire life.
In the past 10 days I have had to see two different psychological experts to have my “condition” evaluated. Not only has this caused to me undergo undue (and very unwanted) emotional stress, but has also made me increasingly frustrated. What could these two strangers assess about me in one hour visits that the person I have been seeing for a year could not? What purpose did it serve forcing me to go to these evaluations?
Have we forgotten what the term “patient care” means? Not to mention that we are dealing with someones most intimate and most sensitive pain.
I am emotionally drained and exhausted.
I have no motivation.
I am in pain.
Emotional and physical.