The Link Between Chronic Pain and Depression

There are nearly 40 million American adults living with severe or significant chronic pain, according to the National Institutes of Health. Chronic pain affects more people than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined.

Chronic pain is devastating and can be a challenge to treat. Pain also causes depression and depression leads to decreased function, poor treatment outcomes and further healthcare costs. About half of people with chronic pain are also depressed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

“The dual burden of chronic physical conditions and mood and anxiety disorders is a significant and growing problem,” wrote senior author Silvia Martins, MD, associate professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health.

Pain experiences are different for each person and your response to chronic pain depends on how you feel pain, and thoughts and behaviors related to your underlying pain conditions.

When pain invades every aspect of your life and leaves you uncertain of the future, anxiety, sadness, anger and grief are imminent. For many, the burden is so difficult, it leads to major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression.



Research shows the highest rates of clinical depression are in people with fibromyalgia. According to a study in Pain Research and Treatment, people with fibromyalgia have a 90% chance for depressed symptoms and up to 86% risk for major depressive disorder.

Read the rest at the Pain News Network.


2 thoughts on “The Link Between Chronic Pain and Depression

  1. Lana,
    I don’t know if it’s best to reach you here or on your website. I also have RA fibromyalgia, CFS, and ongoing depression. I just found some of your posts in the last few days. I wanted to know what you take for your conditions. Please, let me know the best place to reach you. I’m very impressed with your writing. It is right on target for me.

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    1. Hi Leisa, Thanks for coming by. It doesn’t matter where you post, I get and review all notifications. I currently take Methotrexate and Humira for RA and Cymbalta for Fibromyaliga. I hope you will stop by again. and I am glad that my posts help you. Have a great rest of your week.


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