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What happens if depression in people with chronic pain goes undiagnosed?

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Because depression in people with chronic pain frequently goes undiagnosed, it often goes untreated. Pain symptoms and complaints take center stage on most doctor visits. The result is depression -- and sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, lack of energy, and decreased physical activity, which may make pain much worse.

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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

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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

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