Disorders and Treatment
- Mental Illness
- Bipolar Disorder
- Mood Disorders
- Borderline Personality
- Mental Health Diagnosis
- Mental Health Treatments
- Alternative Meds
- Case Studies
Chronic pain and depression is a perverse combination of physical and mental conditions. As tiresome and annoying as chronic, non-stop pain can be, when it is coupled with a serious, potentially debilitating mental health disorder like depression, the pain can become unbearable.
Essentially, chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than it should. It can stem from an injury or an accident, and it persists rather than heals. As the chronic pain continues to linger and at times worsen, the neurochemical alternations in one’s body increase the sensitivity to that pain. That’s when the problem begins to take a turn for the worse and can trigger depression.
Some of the more well-known side-effects experienced by people who suffer from chronic pain are trouble sleeping, dietary changes and increased feelings of helplessness. According to the American Pain Foundation, approximately 32 million U.S. citizens report that they have had pain that has lasted for over a year. Furthermore, as many 65 percent of depressed people also complain about accompanying pain. And, studies have shown that people whose pains do not subside are generally more inclined to become depressed. As you can imagine, chronic pain and depression combine in a vicious cycle.
As with any other condition though, while no cure may exist, treatment options are available. Anyone who is struggling with chronic pain and depression should contact their local physician immediately, and seek out advice on what the best course of action for them is.
The information provided on the PsyWeb.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of PsyWeb.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.