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Posted by annemarie ( on July 12, 2000 at 04:24:09:

In Reply to: Pain and Sleep posted by Ted on July 11, 2000 at 22:48:10:

Interesting abstract, Ted, thanx for posting.

A side issue maybe, but it would be nice if researchers went back to basics from time to time.

I have often seen the correlation between depression and Ch on this board. And the assumption is always there, like in the above abstract, that depresion has a cause, and that it is the same cause that brings us CH.
But what is cause and what is effect?

Constant or constantly recurring pain can cause depression. And I don't mean that you feel down or sad or tired from having too much pain. I mean the feeling (and that's the same feelings most claustrofobics have) of NOT being in control of things, of your life. If that situation goes on for too long, you may very well get a depression.

For their work to be valuable, researchers have to distance themselves from their subject and from the people in their research programs. But sometimes they should zoom in again, and realise what pain does to people.


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