Interconnection of Pain, Anxiety, Depression

The September 6, 2011 issue of Harvard Healthbeat states that “as researchers have learned more about how the brain works, and how the nervous system interacts with other parts of the body, they have discovered that pain shares some biological mechanisms with anxiety and depression.”

The confluence of anxiety, depression, and pain is specially noted in fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, low back pain, headaches, and nerve pain. Psychiatric disorders contribute not only to pain intensity but also to increased risk of disability.

Treatments suggested include cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation (including yoga and meditation), hypnosis, exercise, and medications.

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