I’ve noticed that when I’m in the most physical pain I also feel “depressed”. Depression has become catch-all word and it’s sometimes difficult to sort out. The biggest hallmarks are usually:
Can’t find motivation
Disinterested in life
It’s not necessarily simply depression! by Peggy
Research has uncovered stress links among depression and pain. It can be the effects of excess stress which depletes natural dopamine stores and creates a ripple effect on nearby endorphins.
Turns out that endorphins are necessary to prevent pain and maintain good mood.
And here’s the connection:
- Stress interferes with dopamine function in the brain, inhibiting the messages it sends to create the feeling of pleasure and the absence of pain, and can lead to a state of overstress.
- Dopamine function is correlated to endorphin function. In periods of continual stress, both compounds decline, leading to the weakening of the body’s natural defense against pain.
“According to the Franklin Institute, when dopamine and the endorphins malfunction, minor injuries can become major obstacles and experiences of both pain and misery are heightened. Previously enjoyed activities will no longer provide pleasure.”
Once again . . . lowering stress levels is important. Check out some CATNIP posts on how to lower your stress: