Depression is one of the common of coexisting disorders for someone living with chronic pain. Unfortunately, the depression can sabotage a chronic pain management plan and chronic pain can intensify depression. Another problem is when the depression doesn’t get identified and treated. Please watch my Video Blog and then check out the brief list of things to do and things to avoid if you or someone you love is living with chronic pain and coexisting depression.
Posted on December 24, 2014 by Dr. Steve Grinstead
I’ve noticed over the past several years that starting in late September all the way through February many of my patients would start experiencing more depression symptoms. I think there are several reasons for this and the two primary ones seem to be the days getting shorter and the other is the Holiday Season. Please watch my Video Blog and then read the remainder of this post.
Many people with chronic pain disorders become clinically depressed and a medication intervention may be necessary depending upon an assessment of their problem. The Addiction-Free Pain Management® System suggests that a full biopsychosocial evaluation be taken to determine the type and severity of the depression. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.
Many people living with chronic pain develop an automatic and unconscious way of coping with chronic pain that I call the chronic pain trance—I know I was there in my early years. While I was in this trance what helped keep me stuck was my depression. It forced me to finally reach out and get therapy and medication management. Please watch my video below and then read the remainder of my post.
If you’re like me you know that living with chronic pain can be very difficult. If you also have a coexisting addiction or other psychological disorders it becomes even harder. Your self-esteem is practically non-existent and many of you may even lose the support of their significant others. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of this post.
I find I needed to be very proactive with the non-medication based tools I learned in therapy especially for my depression. Today when I start feeling some depression symptoms or start developing depression thinking I go back to my tool box and practice what I teach to my patients. Please watch my Video Blog below and then read the remainder of my post.