“Depression is an interference phenomenon. Rumination and negative thought-loops interfere with a person’s ability to think. We hypothesize that when individuals with depressed mood are exposed to stimuli, such as a meaningful song or a place that evokes sad feelings, the brain fixates on that and can’t focus on daily tasks such as a phone conversation or completing a grocery list,” explained Dr. Rypma, Meadows Foundation Chair and Associate Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas.
“Chronic pain is an interference phenomenon. Pain-carrying neurons and thought-loops interfere with a person’s ability to think and their will to live. We hypothesize that when pain patients are exposed to activities and behaviors that increase pain, such as physical activity and stress, the brain fixates on the pain, can’t focus on daily tasks such as balancing a check book, and often becomes anxious, depressed, and without hope for the future,” explained pain patients everywhere.