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How does depression affect chronic pain?

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Compared with people who only have chronic pain, those with both depression and chronic pain report:

Because chronic pain and depression can be linked, they're often treated together. In fact, some medications can improve both.

  • More intense pain
  • Less control of their lives
  • More unhealthy coping strategies

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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