We all know chronic pain brings with it a hefty emotional toll. And we know that chronic pain does alter our neurotransmitter balance. A study from UNSW Sydney and NeuRA (published in the European Journal of Pain) found that people with chronic pain also have a specific imbalance of neurotransmitters in the part of the brain … Continue reading Regulating emotions with chronic pain
During a raw, deeply emotional interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle revealed the onslaught of harassment she received as a member of the royal family led her to a mental “breaking point.” She sought help for suicidal ideation but told Winfrey, "Nothing was ever done."Elle I admit that I do not follow the Royal family. … Continue reading Meghan Markle and depression; why admitting depression is so difficult
The COVID-19 pandemic has a societal impact. It is like a wave that crashed over us all and every single person has been impacted in some way. That loss in our sense of control that most people have in their lives can be extremely hard to cope with. Those of us with chronic illness are … Continue reading How is mental health affected during the COVID-19 pandemic?
It is time for A Chronic Voice's December Linkup! This months prompts are: ExhaustingExcitingSocializingIndulgingCutting I wrote a post some years back called Avoiding Stress During the Holiday Season with Fibromyalgia. And any given year those tips still apply but during a worldwide pandemic it is a little bit different. Many of us are not seeing … Continue reading A pandemic Christmas
Pandemic With COVID-19 numbers here in Alberta, Canada getting rather high restrictions have been added to socializing (some would say a tad late on that count). Anyway, that means we cannot socialize outside of our household. We cannot go to other people's houses and we cannot have people over to ours. Unless we want to … Continue reading Isolation, the pandemic, and winter depression
Our mental and emotional well-being is just as vital as our physical well-being. So often ignored until it gets too severe to ignore. So often belittled by society as some sort of weakness they are immune to and only the weak are susceptible to. The stigma for mental illness is pervasive. When we are chronically … Continue reading World Mental Health Day: The workplace