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    The Link Between Depression and Pain

    Physical pain is a common, but often ignored, symptom of depression. A study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine found that two-thirds of people starting treatment for depression also reported being in physical pain. The most commonly cited symptoms were frequent headaches, back pain, joint pain, and abdominal pain.

    What's the connection between pain and depression? Research shows that the two share common chemical pathways. The brain chemicals serotonin and norepinephrine are known to play key roles in depression. Now researchers believe these neurotransmitters also mediate pain.

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    Are you worried that your child may be depressed? Most kids have days when they feel sad, lonely, or depressed. But, if your child seems persistently sad or hopeless and it is affecting relationships, he or she may suffer from childhood depression, a serious mental health condition that needs medical assessment and treatment. At any given time, one out of every five young people is dealing with mental health problems. The good news is that health care professionals can accurately diagnose, treat,...

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    The good news? In the study, people who responded well to treatment for depression also reported less pain as they got better.

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    Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on September 07, 2014

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