Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Men­tal Health Aware­ness Month. The month is about real­iz­ing how com­mon men­tal health issues are, sup­port­ing each oth­er through them, and remov­ing the stig­ma about them. A few sta­tis­tics: 21% of U.S. adults expe­ri­enced men­tal ill­ness in 2020 (52.9 mil­lion peo­ple). This rep­re­sents 1 in 5 adults. 5.6% of U.S. adults expe­ri­enced seri­ous mental […]

Resource for Chronic Pain Sufferers

The Amer­i­can Chron­ic Pain Asso­ci­a­tion site says the group has been around since 1980, but I had­n’t run across them until yes­ter­day. I spent some time on their site and they have some real­ly good resources as well as a long list of sup­port groups. There aren’t any groups near me, but I think I’ll […]

Chronic Pain and Memory

This is a fas­ci­nat­ing arti­cle with excel­lent sources. Chron­ic pain is ter­ri­ble. A new way of under­stand­ing it may help. The past two cen­turies have pro­duced a cas­cade of life-alter­ing advances in med­i­cine, yet we have been unable to deal with one seem­ing­ly straight­for­ward con­di­tion: chron­ic pain. It affects 1 in 5 peo­ple around the world, […]

How Chronic Pain Leads to Anxiety and Depression

Neu­ronal plas­tic­i­ty in chron­ic pain-induced anx­i­ety revealed Hokkai­do Uni­ver­si­ty researchers have shown how chron­ic pain leads to mal­adap­tive anx­i­ety in mice, with impli­ca­tions for treat­ment of chron­ic pain-relat­ed psy­chi­atric dis­or­ders in humans. Chron­ic pain is per­sis­tent and inescapable, and can lead to mal­adap­tive emo­tion­al states. It is often comor­bid with psy­chi­atric dis­or­ders, such as depression […]

Unvaccinated People Increase Risk for Vaccinated People

I can’t say that I’m sur­prised. Remain­ing unvac­ci­nat­ed increas­es risk to the vac­ci­nat­ed, says U of T COVID study Peo­ple who are unvac­ci­nat­ed against COVID-19 not only place them­selves at greater risk of get­ting infect­ed by the virus, but also increase the infec­tion risk of those around them who have rolled up their sleeves for a […]

Being an Active Part of Your Own Health Care Team, Part II

It has only tak­en me ten years since my first arti­cle to return to this top­ic! I always intend­ed to do so, but life got in the way. In that first arti­cle, I large­ly addressed med­ica­tion issues. Now we’re going to talk about being your own patient advo­cate. What is a patient advo­cate? It’s an individual […]

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