Chronic Pain and Depression

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Chronic pain causes a number of problems that can lead to depression, such as trouble sleeping and stress. Dr. Edward Hill discusses chronic pain and depression in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Living with chronic pain is a burden. But pile on depressionone of the most common problems faced by people with chronic painand that burden gets even heavier.

Chronic pain and depression are common problems that often overlap. Depression is one of the most common mental health problems facing people who suffer from chronic pain, and it often complicates the patients condition and treatment.

Because depression in patients with chronic pain frequently goes undiagnosed, it often goes untreated. Pain symptoms and complaints take up most of a patients provider visit.

The result is depression, along with sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, lack of energy, and decreased physical activitywhich may make pain much worse.

Pain provokes an emotional response in everyone. Anxiety, irritability and agitation are all normal feelings when were hurting. Normally, as pain subsides, so does the stressful response.

The good news is that chronic pain and depression arent inseparable. Effective treatments can relieve depression and can help make chronic pain more tolerable.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.