Experts believe that chronic pain and depression feed each other. This can create a downward spiral of pain and depression that can be difficult to reverse without treatment and effective coping mechanisms. Learn how to recognize depression, try the Depression Questionnaire, and see how the chronic pain and depression spiral can be prevented.
Several studies have found a high rate of self-reported depression in arthritis patients who experience chronic pain. Learn about how and why chronic pain and depression are linked.
Learn the two reasons experts believe people living with chronic pain are more susceptible to depression than people with acute, short-term pain.

People may have different understandings of what chronic pain or depression means. Learn how each are medically defined and how they're linked.

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