It’s understandable that a spate of depression follows back pain. “Situational depression” is common and can occur for any number of reasons. “Clinical depression” is what psychologists become concerned about and studies have shown a correlation between clinical depression and chronic back pain.
Chronic Back Pain and Depression
Spine health defines clinical depression as a major depression that occurs daily for at least two weeks and includes at least 5 of the following symptoms:
- A predominant mood that is depressed, sad, blue, hopeless, low, or irritable, which may include periodic crying spells
- Poor appetite or significant weight loss or increased appetite or weight gain
- Sleep problem of either too much (hypersomnia) or too little (hyposomnia) sleep
- Feeling agitated (restless) or sluggish (low energy or fatigue)
- Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
- Decreased sex drive
- Feeling of worthlessness and/or guilt
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Thoughts of death, suicide, or wishing to be dead
Major depression like this is believed to occur to four times the number of chronic back pain sufferers than the general population. It’s not just the pain that causes the depression. Back pain:
- Makes getting enough sleep difficult
- Reduces the sufferer’s amount of exercise and social activity
- Financial difficulties arise if the back pain sufferer is unable to work
- Lack of interest in sexual activity can cause stress in a relationship
Leichhardt Chiropractor Can Help Relieve Back Pain*
These and other stresses associated with back pain can and often do lead to clinical depression. John Petrozzi, PWC’s Leichhardt chiropractor on call, can help you manage or overcome back pain and avoid the depression that follows chronic back pain.
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