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How can talk therapy help treat depression and chronic pain?

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In talk therapy, you learn to notice the negative "automatic thoughts" that surround chronic pain. These often are distortions of reality. Some time with a therapist can teach you how to change these thought patterns and make you feel better.

It's also a proven treatment for depression and can ease symptoms of anxiety in people with chronic pain.

From: Depression and Chronic Pain WebMD Medical Reference

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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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