Articles Written By: Darisse Smith

This author has written 9 articles
Mental Illness and Chronic Pain

Mental Illness and Chronic Pain

By Darisse Smith When you have chronic pain, life can be difficult to manage. You do not feel well either in your body or your…
Marijuana: Addictive or Medicine?

Marijuana: Addictive or Medicine?

By Darisse Smith For some suffering from chronic pain, marijuana is miracle medicine. For others, marijuana is a dangerous, addictive drug. Looking through the lens…
Hey VA: “Get Your Act Together”

Hey VA: “Get Your Act Together”

I moved from North Carolina to California a year ago and decided to try the highly rated VA Hospital near my new home.  Initially, I…
The VA’s Pain Care Cluster

The VA’s Pain Care Cluster

(Editor’s Note: Darisse Smith is a retired U.S. Army helicopter pilot who recently wrote a column on National Pain Report about her struggle with chronic…
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