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Resilience – Pain Related to Anxiety/Depression

August 5, 2010

Anxiety or depression can intensify your pain.   Harvard Medical School reports

Researchers once thought the relationship between pain, anxiety, and depression resulted mainly from psychological rather than biological factors. But as researchers have learned more about how the brain works, and how the nervous system interacts with other parts of the body, they have discovered that pain shares some biological mechanisms with anxiety and depression.

I can’t begin to count the number of teachers I know with chronic pain issues.  I don’t know for a fact they are related to anxiety or depression.  I do know that there are seemingly a large number of educators taking antidepressants.

Teaching, like other care-taking lines of work, is high stress.  Taking care of ourselves is more important than ever, especially for those who wish to remain effective teachers.

Click here to read the Harvard Medical School article.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2010 1:33 pm

    That’s funny – just the other day, I developed a sore shoulder-cum-neck which miraculously healed after I solved one of my edu-problems. They call it psychosomatic condition or something. Will definitely read the Harvard article.

    • August 5, 2010 1:44 pm

      Hmmmm……..you never know! Perhaps we should do a study…..

  2. phillip lacock permalink
    August 17, 2010 10:36 am

    …pain is proven to be one of the few things that can ..’personality’…permanently…

    as in…’he…she’….is just not the same as they were…

    • August 17, 2010 1:00 pm

      It’s true. I have seen pain transform people. Not always for the better.

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