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I decided to experiment with a conversation with myself. I asked a simple and basic question and worked my way to complex and confusing:
What is depression?
The DSM-5, psychiatry’s diagnostic bible, refers to various conditions that involve feeling sad, inability to experience pleasure, lack of self-worth, inability to concentrate, and suicidal thinking, not to mention dysregulated sleep and appetite and movement, though you don’t have to experience all these at once.
But everyone gets depressed, right?
True. We all have our bad days. Also, all of us experience grief and loss and major challenges in coping with life. But all this is considered within the “normal” realm of human behavior.
Things change when we lose the ability to function, whether at work or in our relationships or in our own sense of well-being. We are more than just “depressed.” We are not ourselves. Our brains are not cooperating with us. L...
I never much cared for anatomy class. Dead bodies, the cold, and the smell were just not the way I liked to spend an afternoon. Every first year medical student spends hours in the anatomy room because learning the parts is important, but even more important is knowing what those parts do and how they work—functional anatomy. Thankfully, studying functional anatomy requires warm, live people who don’t usually smell. Let’s learn some parts without the smell because if you understand the parts, then you will understand the treatment. Getting down to the framework of your body is the skeleton which holds you upright, otherwise you would be a blob of gooey mush. As part of the skeleton, the spine is your backbone that bridges the span between your head and your butt. Because it is a bridge, the spine has passive, stationary structures (bones, ligaments, and discs) which don’t “do” anything except provide support for the whole body. However, these parts o...
All of the latest research shows undeniable proof that obesity and back pain are intimately linked together. This relationship is not beneficial to you. No, this relationship can cause you to lose your job, house, spouse and life as you know it. Obesity and low back pain walk hand in hand down a pathway towards pain and misery.
In one study 1 , the researchers reviewed the causal relationship between obesity and low back pain. They definitely found evidence that the higher the Body Mass Index was the more likely a person would develop low back pain. The risk of low back pain in someone who is overweight increases substantially as the person ages. Another underlying factor that causes obese people to have more low back pain is the increased levels of inflammation due to metabolic syndrome. Does this mean that skinny people don’t get low back pain or that obese people will always have low back pain? No, the relationship between obesity and low back pain is not an absolute cau...
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