When you’re dealing with chronic pain, it can take a toll not only on your body, but it can also affect your emotional well-being. Here at Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation and Pain Center, we understand that chronic pain and depression often go hand-in-hand. The inability to perform daily activities due to pain can cause you to feel helpless, and asking for help isn’t always easy. If you’re looking for ways to handle pain management in the Washington D.C. area, our integrative care may be what you need. If you’d like to learn more about dealing with depression that is resulting from chronic pain, please keep reading.

How To Cope With Depression From Chronic Pain

Be Aware Of Early Signs Of Depression

While it is one thing to want to stay in bed due to chronic pain, it is another thing to not want to get out of bed because you feel like you can’t face the day. When you’re dealing with chronic pain, be sure to take note of your emotional state on a regular basis. If you begin to notice any of the following symptoms, you may want to speak with someone about the possibility of treatment for depression:

  • Feeling sad or anxious
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Feeling a lack of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Your appetite has increased or decreased
  • Your energy is low and you lack motivation

Learn The Emotional Triggers That Can Increase Your Pain And Depression

Stress can play a large role in pain and depression. Chronic pain is often made worse by stressful situations, so being able to identifying things that make you anxious and trying to avoid them can help to reduce pain and unwanted emotional reactions. If you know that being late makes you anxious, setting a new routine for yourself that decreases your likelihood of being late to work and other appointments can reduce the likelihood of experiencing stress-related pain and depression.

Communicate About Your Physical And Emotional State

When talking to your healthcare provider about pain, be sure to mention how you’re feeling emotionally as well. If you believe that your depression is directly linked to your chronic pain, you may feel like you can’t say anything about the depression because if the pain doesn’t go away, then the depression won’t either. However, your healthcare provider can offer solutions to help you with both your chronic pain and any depression you may be experiencing in relation to the pain.

At Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation and Pain Center, we want to work with you on the best possible path for healing and recovery that will suit your specific needs when it comes to chronic pain. To learn more about Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine offered at our clinics, please feel free to explore our Advanced Integrative page. If you’d like to contact us about setting up an appointment at one of our clinics, call us today. We look forward to working with you and finding effective solutions to help with your pain management when you visit us in Washington D.C. or our McLean, Virginia location.