It is widely suggested that up to half of all people living with chronic pain also suffer from depression. And while it is at times difficult to determine whether pain worsens the depression or vice-versa, it’s not surprising that these two conditions can cause, and exacerbate, one another.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, if you live with chronic pain, the likelihood of developing depression or anxiety is tripled. And by the same token, living with depression in turn triples the likelihood of developing chronic pain. When interacting, these two conditions can ‘feed on’ one another and ultimately cause a downward spiral from which it may be difficult to recover.