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All three words do relate to one thing: how we perceive and sense things both within our body and the world around us. Recently a student of mine asked me about interoception versus proprioception. Well, this is complicated because there’s another word, exteroception, to add to the mix. All three terms are relevant to our overall well-being and how our body and mind connect. If the human body were easy to understand, we wouldn’t have to worry...
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LAS VEGAS—Opioids have diverse and important functions, with opioid use and taper affecting many domains of experience and behavior. In fact, long-term opioid use patterns suggest that opioids treat not only physical pain, but social pain.
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The experience of pain usually carries with it a strong emotional component. The more intense the pain or the longer the pain lasts, the more dramatic the emotional changes seem to be. Part of what makes more persistent or chronic pain so difficult to deal with is the burden or heaviness of dealing with these significant mood shifts. Such changes not only affect how we feel inside but heavily influence how we interact with others, including...
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Maintaining a healthy brain can be a lot like farming. Growing produce is really a simple process, but there are many little nuances that determine the fate of the crops each year. First of all, farmers need soil and seeds, and they must use them properly. They must plant cucumber seeds in order to harvest cucumbers and not watermelon. And if they don’t plant anything, all they can expect are some random weeds. They will reap what they sow....
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Happiness is kind of difficult to measure or describe, but you know it when you see it or feel it. Chronic pain can take away many things in our lives, including joy. Loss can be one of the biggest frustrations of dealing with ongoing pain, but there are ways to regain happiness despite the pain. 
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For many, this time of year can mean feeling the blues more than usual. The holiday season can be a time of great joy, but it can also be a time of feeling lonely, financially stressed, and burned out. A decrease in sun exposure during the dark and dreary winter months can be associated with a mood disorder known as seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder is associated with symptoms of depression, low energy, sleepiness, weight...
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December always seems to be a challenging pain management month. For one, the transition to more frigid temperatures along with the slew of storms that normally come through this time of year seem to make everyone’s aches and pains hurt more than normal. The “winter blues,” also known as seasonal affective disorder, can cause symptoms of depression and fatigue for some, especially for those in cold northern climates. In fact, Hippocrates...
How Pain Affects Memory
Does pain interfere with brain function? This topic often gets overlooked by doctors who specialize in treating pain. Even going back to when I first started practicing in the late nineties, I can remember patients telling me that they were experiencing difficulties in remembering things. At that time, the reasons for this was still not well understood. As a result, memory problems were often written off as a byproduct of pain medication use or...
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Witnessing a traumatic event can produce a range of emotional reactions in both children and adults, from sadness to an inability to function that requires professional help, according to mental health experts.
It has been well understood for quite some time now that the continuous or chronic experience of pain is often associated with significant mood changes. In particular, the incidence of depression accompanying chronic pain has been widely considered to be quite high.

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