Isolation, the pandemic, and winter depression

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 Chronic Pain Story: The Plot Part I

I have written on this subject before because it is something I have been pondering for some time as a metaphor to delve into how I think about pain. A metaphor that works for me because I am a writer. See: The pain story and The story we tell ourselves Now a story has a … Continue reading Our Chronic Pain Story: The Plot Part I

Chronic pain and mental health

A 74.5% incidence of psychiatric disorders was present in the patient sample The rate of depressive and anxiety disorders was 29.4% and 23.5%, respectively Comorbid anxiety scores (P = 0.019) and SSAS scores (P = 0.046) were significantly higher in chronic pain patients with a somatoform disorder HAM-A scores were found to be significantly higher in patients … Continue reading Chronic pain and mental health