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How to Deal With Chronic Pain and Depression

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Chronic pain refers to persistent physical pain that continues for more than 12 weeks despite medication or other forms of treatment. Clinical research suggests that  30-50% of people with chronic pain also experience associated mental health concerns such as anxiety or depression. These findings are not surprising as the the mind-body connection—the idea that a person’s biological functioning can impact his or her thoughts and emotions—has long been established in the medical and mental health communities. Chronic pain is also linked with increased stress, sleep problems, and feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. Continue reading

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