A Different Form of Meditation Has Helped Ease My Depression and Chronic Pain

A Different Form of Meditation Has Helped Ease My Depression and Chronic Pain
The relationship between depression and chronic pain are so close as to be difficult to distinguish. It’s another of those chicken-and-egg dilemmas. Which came first? More than half of fibromyalgia patients have suffered from depression at some point in their lifetimes, according to Psychiatry Advisor, citing a recent study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. I’m one of them. When the topic comes up in discussion, the most common question asked is, “What are you depressed about?” As any depressive will tell you, depression isn’t “about anything.” Rather, it’s just a form of feeling bad mentally. I’ve heard depression described as an absence of all feeling. That hasn't been my experience. For me, it's more like the worst grief I’ve ever suffered — times 10. At depression's peak, it’s difficult to function. Even routine activities, such as bathing, brushing my teeth, and preparing meals, become major struggles. The worst part for me is the inability to concentrate. That means reading is out of the question. I can’t remember the last sentence I read, so the current sentence makes no sense. To a constant reader and researcher, this is a difficult symptom to tolerate. Having suffered from this malady for much of my life, I’ve sought many different treatments. Because I was unable to tolerate the side effects of medications, I've had to seek alternative treatments. Over the years, meditation has been the most commonly recommended one for me. It was the main subject of a three-month stress management program I attended many decades ago. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s "Full Catastrophe Living" was our textbook. His technique is all about observing the breath, which means watching it coming into and leaving the body without making it h
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  1. Alice says:

    This is a very terrible condition. My sister had it, daily chronic pain. She tried both meditations and massages. But the only thing that still somehow helped her-CBD oil. I came across an article – https://www.weednews.co/best-cbd-oil/, and advised her to try. Things gradually got better. It takes time.

    • Christine Lynch says:

      Hello Alice
      I’d love to know which brand and strength of CBD oil helped her. I’ve not had any success with it myself, being particularly prone to diarrhea. I’ve heard that CBD alone isn’t the best, but that a small amount of THC added to the formula increases its effectiveness for pain. Did she experience this?

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