The mind and the body are intimately connected. This is demonstrated by the two-way relationship of chronic pain and depression. The stress of chronic pain, affecting all aspects of life–the ability to work, exercise, be around others, get around, and enjoy hobbies can lead to isolation and depression. Depression then can make pain more intense. The good news is that effective medications and therapy can help relieve depression and help the effectiveness of pain management.

At your appointment, ask your pain specialist for a referral to a therapist who specializes in therapy for chronic pain if you are experiencing signs of depression. These symptoms include ongoing sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, guilty, worthless, helpless, irritable or restless feelings; loss of interest in activities once enjoyable; constant fatigue; difficulty concentrating or making decisions; changes in sleep behavior or appetite; and thoughts of death or suicide. Your pain specialist will work with your therapist to provide a complete solution for managing your pain.