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How can chronic pain lead to depression?

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The impact of chronic pain on a person's life also contributes to depression. It can force you to struggle with tremendous losses, such lack of exercise, sleep, social network, relationships, sexual relationships, even a job and income. These losses can contribute to depression in people who are vulnerable to clinical depression.

It then magnifies the pain and reduces your ability to live with it. It becomes seemingly impossible to stay active to reduce stress.

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Harvard Health Publications: "Depression and Pain." National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression and Chronic Pain."

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

SOURCES: 

Harvard Health Publications: "Depression and Pain." National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression and Chronic Pain."

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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