Physical pain is a common, but often ignored, symptom of depression. A study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine found that two-thirds of people starting treatment for depression also reported being in physical pain. The most commonly cited symptoms were frequent headaches, back pain, joint pain, and abdominal pain.
What's the connection between pain and depression? Research shows that the two share common chemical pathways. The brain chemicals serotonin and norepinephrine are known to play key roles in depression. Now researchers believe these neurotransmitters also mediate pain.
We love our vacations -- those great escapes from the humdrum and the
hassles. But if you're depressed, the annual vacation may seem like yet another
obstacle -- especially with soaring gas prices and an unstable economy.
Vacation depression is a fact of life for many people.
You feel guilty spending the money -- and pushing yourself to plan the trip
becomes a burden. Every flat tire, delayed flight, and tantrum (child or
adult) is simply draining. When your vacation ends, there's the depressing