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Depression and Chronic Pain

Everyone occasionally feels sad; however these feelings are usually short lived and pass within a few days. When you have depression, sad feelings last longer and cause problems in your daily life. Depression is a common but serious medical condition. Researchers know that there is a connection between depression and chronic pain; however it is not fully understood exactly how they are linked. Sometimes depression can cause people to feel pain more intensely, and in other situations pain can cause people to feel depressed. Regardless of the scenario, depression is considered to be the most common emotional response to pain.

Signs and symptoms of depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feeling
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Irritability or restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts
  • Aches, pains and headaches that are not relieved with treatment

Talk to us if you feel that you have any of these signs and symptoms of depression. Since there is a strong link between chronic pain and depression, it will be difficult for us to help your pain if we are not aware of the underlying symptoms. If we treat these conditions together, you will more likely have better pain relief.