My last post looked into the benefit of some drugs with an anti-depressant effect in the treatment of the chronic pain of fibromyalgia . Well, now it would seem that there is no overwhelming evidence supporting the use of anti-depressants in the treatment of chronic low back pain . However, the authors of a recent review (in the "Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews") of the subject are quick to point out that this does not mean that depressed patients with back pain should not receive medical treatment for their depression . The hypotheses for even considering anti-depressant drugs for chronic low back pain does, nonetheless, make sense: First, patients with chronic low back pain often also suffer from depression, and improving the mood with medication may in turn improve pain tolerance. Second, many anti-depressant drugs have actual pain-relieving activity which often occurs at lower doses than those utilized for the treatment of depression . Finally, many ...
As the field of Mind-Body psychology began to evolve in the
1980s, there were many publications and books written which
described how our emotional state affects our bodily functioning.
We have known for a long time that stress can be manifest in the
body in a number of forms. These include headaches, stomach
distress, muscular tension, fatigue, and increased blood pressure
among others. As research began to look at the effects of stress
and other negative emotional states on the body's ability to fight
off illness it became quite clear that chronic stress, anxiety, and
depression had the ability to suppress immune function.
It was a natural extension of this literature that led to
examining the roles of emotional influences on the development and
treatment of cancer. It was quite easy to see that chronic levels
of anxiety and depression could interfere with treatment in a
variety of ways. Anxiety about treatment, as well as the lack of
motivation inherent in clinical levels of depres...
Paxil is an antidepressant sometimes used to help those with anxiety. HealthCentral expert Marcia Purse recently wrote a post explaining about this medication and I thought it may be useful to some of our members on the AnxietyConnection site:
Medications for Bipolar - Paxil (Paroxetine)
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