The Relationship Between Pain and Depression

By December 10, 2014 About Pain, Depression

The Relationship Between Pain and DepressionIt is not uncommon for chronic pain and depression to be diagnosed concurrently.  Depression and other psychological conditions can result from acute and chronic pain. You may often find it hard to cope, so it’s important to know the pain you are experiencing is treatable with proper care.  The doctors at PMIR understand what you are going through and can help you in the diagnosis and treatment of your pain.

How Chronic Pain Causes Depression

Chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, Failed Back Surgery Syndrome and arthritis can have more than just physical effects. Depression, anxiety, and negative emotions can surface as a result of the pain.  Experiencing pain for an extended period of time can cause many patients to become uninterested in activities that they usually enjoy.  Being confined or limited because of pain can mentally wear you down.  Physical activity can cause fatigue and more pain, which can lead to a lack of interest in being active.  As an active person decreases their physical activity, anger and anxiety about the situation can set in.  All of these negative feelings can contribute to depression.  Giving up the things you love to do because of pain can be a challenge many people are unable to face.  Seeking professional pain treatment along with therapy and medication can help minimize the effects of your pain condition.

Steps To Take To Minimize Depression

When dealing with chronic pain there are several steps you can take to minimize the pain and depression that occurs.

  • Meet with a doctor as soon as possible to prevent the pain from getting out of hand.  Starting a regimen that can alleviate some of the pain will help you maintain a healthier psychological state in order to prevent the onset of depression.
  • Start a pain journal.  Tracking your pain can help you see what triggers or stressors contribute to your pain.  When these triggers are identified you will be able to avoid them and keep pain under control.
  • Seek treatment for your depression.  Talk therapy and/or antidepressants can be very helpful if depression does set in.  Communicating your pain and anxiety to others will aid in your healing process.

If you are suffering from a chronic pain condition you can seek help at PMIR.  The doctors and staff are experienced in assisting patients with different types of acute and chronic pain.  Seeking help for the pain can greatly reduce the psychological effects and help you get back to your normal activities.

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