Depression and Chronic Pain

Facts About Depression and Chronic Pain

When you’re dealing with long-term illness or injury, your body is working overtime.  In addition to chronic and debilitating physical pain, you may also find that your mental health is affected.

In fact, there is a very real connection between chronic pain and depression. Some of the most common conditions that cause chronic pain that can lead to depression include migraine headaches, degenerative spinal conditions, cancer, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and inflammatory or autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Prolonged physical discomfort can inhibit your ability to get a good night’s sleep, socialize, and take part in physical activities. These life changes can have psychological effects such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mood swings
  • Sadness

Depression can further inhibit your body’s ability to heal from an injury or fight an illness because it can decrease the immune system. Depression can also enhance the pain stimuli being sent to the central nervous system, which only serves to exacerbate chronic pain. What results is a vicious cycle of physical and mental anguish that can seem inescapable.

Find Help in Dallas-Fort Worth for Depression Caused by Long-Term Pain

As with any disease, getting the right diagnosis is an essential part of getting treatment. Even if you have already been diagnosed with a disease or a degenerative condition causing chronic pain, the psychological component may have developed later. Depression due to chronic pain can even persist after an injury has healed or an illness overcome. The important thing to remember is that the depression is not trivial and you should not think of it as a “normal” side effect of your illness or injury. Don’t be scared to talk openly with your doctor about all symptoms of your health condition, physical and psychological.

Depression Treatment from Texas Health & Counseling Group

At Texas Health and Counseling Group, we have a team of compassionate mental health care professionals with extensive experience treating depression and anxiety stemming from long-term pain. In many instances, the psychological effects of chronic pain need to be treated separately from the physical component. Individual counseling and group counseling can be excellent forms of therapy for depression associated with chronic illness or injury; the simple act of talking about your symptoms and exploring their root cause and triggers can be enormously gratifying for many individuals.
Don’t let depression worsen a physical condition that you already struggle with on a daily basis. Instead, ask for help. Get on the road to a better quality of life with the care team at Texas Health and Counseling Group. We are proud to be a source of hope for individuals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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