A recent article on http://www.news-journalonline.com explained once again that the depression/chronic pain cycle is just that… a cycle–one that many of us cannot get out of.
The columnist writes:
While depression can generate and amplify pain due to an imbalance in neurotransmitters, extended pain, in turn, can cause a person to become depressed.
Over 75 percent of patients with depression complain of physical pains and most are unaware that its chemical effects can aggravate chronic physical conditions and increase pain. Depression can precede and even predispose a patient to developing chronic pain because of the chemical imbalance it creates along with its hindrance of the usual pain threshold and coping mechanisms.
> read more here, including treatement tips
So what exactly does this mean to you and I?
- Psalm 42:3 and 10 say, “My tears have been my food day and night… My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?'” Many places in the Bible it shares how people were suffering spiritually or emotionally, and their body ached. This “news” should no’t come as a surprise to us.
- When the doctor tells you that the pain is all in your head; you’re really just “sad,” that very likely may not be true. Your depression could actually be causing some pain, or at least increasing it. Be persistent about trying to treat both the depression and the chronic pain, to end the cycle.
- Depression is a serious issue. Don’t be ashamed if you seek out counseling, just be sure it’s a counselor who shares your Biblical beliefs. You aren’t a “bad” Christian or someone who “just doesn’t believe enough” just because you are coping with depression.
I know living with illness is difficult. It’s hard to get over depression when you don’t know if you will still be here next year to see your future. Be we’re in it together.
One of the reasons I am so excited about starting the Hope Endures radio podcasts is so that we have a chance to hear from real people who have truly suffered and try to discover exactly what is it that made them turn to God when they could have turned away.
Remember… 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (NIV).”
And around here just getting out of bed (or maybe calling a friend from bed) is the work of the Lord!