Author: Michael R. Clark
Pain and depression. Depression and pain. Are they the same or do they just "look" the same? Is one the chicken and one the egg? Both terms reflect more than just a single concept. They represent complex constructs that relate to and interact with one another. In order to appreciate all the angles, the practitioner must evaluate the patient from different perspectives. This course will review the formulation of both pain and depression in patients who present suffering from either one or both. The different natures of pain and/or depression as diseases of the body, vulnerabilities of capacities, reinforcements of choices, and outcomes of interpretation will be described. The underlying logics of these natures of suffering will be contrasted with an emphasis on prescribing comprehensive and tailored therapy regimens to promote a patient centered plan for rehabilitation and life satisfaction.