Mental Health

Are there a known correlation to dealing with the pain of sickle cell and mood swings and/or depression?

 

Yes there is.

 

People who are depressed can have pain and people who have pain can have depression, not just sickle cell but all people who have pain.  Sickle cell is especially connected to depression due to the fact it is a chronic illness that is associated with pain.  That can bring up feelings of sadness and suffering.

 

The same pathways that are active in pain are active in depression, so if you are sad or depressed it is likely that these feelings will also bring up the pain feelings as well.  People who have chronic pain they feel is associated with depression should seek out a counselor.

 

There are few other chronic diseases like sickle cell disease, it is hard for “outsiders” to understand.  So you need someone who you can talk to who understands.  Professional counselors like social workers and psychologists can be very helpful.

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