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How do treatments for chronic pain and depression affect a person?

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Because chronic pain and depression are so intertwined, depression and chronic pain are often treated together. In fact, some treatments can improve both chronic pain and depression.

Some treatments for pain, such as opioids, can sometimes cause or worsen depression if used habitually.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

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