Chronic Pain and Depression

Your mental well being is just as important as your physical well being. Leading research finds that chronic pain and depression go hand in glove towards treatment. A path of signals to the brain detects chronic pain and depression can be linked to behavior. Multi functions of the brain recognize chronic pain and depression separately one or the other disorder leads to more severe pain.

Doris Dangerfield, Professional Counselor, states “chronic pain gets worse when symptoms of depression are not addressed and if depression is not treated it makes the pain feel worse.”

Many ailments or conditions cause chronic pain disorders, for example, fibromyalgia, arthritis, as well as sports injuries or falls. As a result, many patients use whatever measures to reduce their pain. Some people become addicted to the opiates used to treat pain, trying to get rid of the physical pain that could actually be connected to signals in the brain related to depression.

Doris Dangerfield feels that “pain causes depression and depression lead to pain, making a correlation between chronic pain and depression.”

Most people do not recognize the signs of depression, which leads to unexplained physical symptoms such as back aches and or headaches.

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The brain is the core of the central nervous system learning to relax can help reduce chronic pain.  Photo Source: Cynthia Gladden

Patients that are diagnosed with depression and chronic pain, antidepressant medications may find relief in both pain and depression because of the shared chemical messages in the brain. To help balance your life when coping with chronic pain being a part of your life, other healthy daily routines will help relieve the pain. Physical therapy, journaling, meditation, coping skills, eating healthy, and exercising, are just a few things that could help with reducing pain and building mental well being on a daily basis.

Pain can have a psychological effect and a physical effect for a correct diagnosis. A visit to your primary care doctor or local mental health center is advised for assessment of health conditions and treatment options.