When Depression Accompanies Pain

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Depression is the most common mental health disorder, and the leading cause of disability in the world. One in five individuals will suffer depression in their lifetime. Psychological symptoms include depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of worthlessness…

#33 Breathing and Your Nervous System

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Breathe in, breathe out… We all breathe. It is most an automatic, unconscious experience. We can over-ride it by purposefully holding our breath, or consciously changing the rate or depth of our breathing. You may notice that when you are…

#29 Acupuncture and Pain Relief

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Acupuncture is a millennia-old practice that originated in China, where thin needles are inserted at specific points in the body. It is commonly used to treat pain, relieve stress, and improve sleep and digestive function. Acupuncture is effective in the…

#16 Antidepressants and Neuropathic Pain

#16  Antidepressants and Neuropathic Pain

Antidepressants such as amitriptyline, nortriptyline, and despiramine are first-line treatments for neuropathic pain. They are known as tricyclic antidepressants. But how do these drugs, used to enhance mood, also reduce pain? There is a major overlap in the neural mechanisms that…

#15 Yoga And Neuropathy

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What is yoga? Yoga is a thousands-of-years-old physical, mental, and spiritual practice that is beneficial for many disorders of the nervous system. It is not just bending into seemingly impossible poses. The practice of yoga is composed of asana (the…