Does pain lead to mental illness or is it the other way around?

It’s common knowledge that pain problems and mental illness will affect many of us over the course of our lives [1-4]. Comorbidity between pain and mental illness is often seen in clinical practice and is well established in the literature [5]. But what actually comes first, is it the pain or is it the mental illness? And could it even be that one … [Read more...]

Do depressed people experience more physical pain – or less?

Recent global burden of disease surveys tell us that pain and depression are two of the most common and pervasive issues in modern society. The fact that these two are also highly comorbid hardly generates surprise. Living with chronic pain often means restricted mobility, reduced capacity to work and general impairment of quality of life, in … [Read more...]

Is one question enough to screen for depression and anxiety

Psychological factors, such as depression and anxiety, are significant contributors in the transition from acute to chronic pain. A person suffering from acute low back pain with additional symptoms of anxiety and/or depression has a higher risk of becoming a chronic pain patient than a person without these additional symptoms. Furthermore, … [Read more...]