Countless studies have shown a link between chronic illness and depression. But when I'm weighted down, almost paralyzed by the overwhelming sadness, wrapped in dank bedsheets, unwashed myself and barely eating, I could care less that I am adding proof to what was once considered a scientific theory. Amongst the throes of swirling depression you want relief. And understanding.
Depression hurts physically and emotionally and when family members and friends are already trying their hardest to understand how you can have pain in your bladder, it can be difficult for them to understand the waves of depression that might accompany your journey of living with chronic pain. So what can we do? Here is a list (not definitive) for dealing with depression:
- Vitamin D intake (of course sun exposure is best)
Vitamin B Complex
- anti-depressants (work with your doctor or psychologist)
- See a psychologist, psychiatrist or counselor that you trust
- Cut up some lemons and limes, inhale deeply. Squeeze some into your water and relax.
- Listen to a guided meditation CD, a CD filled with ocean waves, or a CD with birds singing
- Read a humorous book
- Try and clean yourself up and get out of bed (I know this can be hard!)
- Pet your pet (petting dogs and cats has been proven to lower heart rates)
- Journal through your emotions
- Talk to a trusted friend or family member