We go through life, some of us happy, some of us in pain, some of us depressed. We all have friends & family that have dealt with depression and/or pain. Some of us are in pain right now. Some of us are happy. Some of us are reading this trying to understand.
First lets defined what depression really means: According to Public MD Health “Depression is described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable or down in the dumps. Clinical Depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger or frustration interfere with everyday life for a long period of time”. Now here’s the twist… does pain cause depression and then depression from the pain cause more pain? See I believe this is the case… For many people who are depressed they really don’t know how or what to do to get help. What happens when they do get help and it doesn’t work? They are in a system in which seeks to medicate and numb the senses. Is this the right way? Don’t get me wrong for many people who have been dealing with depression, the medication is the only way they can continue. But what about those who are still in pain and depressed. It takes so much energy to get up and go to the doctor in the first place but then to keep returning time and time again… Most depressed people will not be able to do it. It makes me sad just thinking about it.
There was a dark time in my life in which I encountered debilitating pain on a daily basis and developed depression because of the pain. Our medical system is set up as such: For the pain you have to go see a pain management specialist and then for the depression you have to go see a psychologist. What’s wrong with this picture? Both doctors went to medical school, all though each one specialized in different areas…it would seem to me they should know about each others field? Right? Why then can you not treat both at the same time with making a depressed person go to more doctors get more medicine of which is treating each diagnosis when they are always on the verge of giving up anyway? I am angry that we live in a society where we are base solely on money and greed. I got lucky. After trying and trying… I found a doctor that helped me control both the pain and depression associated with the pain. After a while my body went on to heal it self and I am no longer in a constant pain state. But only because I kept trying. For some, that have been caught up in loop or fell down the cracks of the system…it’s not that easy.
I lost a friend today.
She had been in pain most of her adult life and has spent more money on medicine & doctors than we will in a lifetime. I always had hope for her, I always thought she would find the answer, I always thought I would see her again.
Yes, it would be so easy to tell you..that all you had to do was to have faith and to keep trying. But it isn’t and it’s not that easy. I can only hope as a society we can change and bring back some of things we’ve lost in the madness of money and greed. Can we change? Is it possible to rebuild? Or are we just going fold our own cards and call it quits.