The Link Between Chronic Pain and Depression


There’s no question that there is a connection between chronic pain and depression. Roughly 40% of people struggling with chronic pain also have some type of mood disorder such as depression or high anxiety. Depression can further debilitate patients with chronic pain and magnify pain’s severity—leading to difficulty overcoming both physical and emotional suffering.

It’s important to seek the proper pain management in conjunction with depression treatment to improve your overall well-being. By doing so, you can both physically and mentally return to a healthy, high-functioning lifestyle.


Common Depression Symptoms

Depression is more than being sad—it ends up taking over your daily life and gets in the way of doing the things you love. Below are just a few depression symptoms that our pain doctors in Asheville NC commonly see occur in chronic pain patients: 

  • Feeling of guilt or helplessness

  • Irritability

  • Low energy & less interest in activities

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Changes in appetite—over or under eating

  • Change in sleeping patterns

  • Physical deconditioning


Asheville Pain Management

People suffering from depression often experience more severe and long-lasting pain than others. We’ve learned that pain does share some of the same biological characteristic with mood disorders—such as depression—which is why the link between the two is so strong. Our Asheville pain management clinics offer treatments for many types of chronic pain such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, low back pain and much more. Take a look at our list of common conditions we treat and learn how we can help you get your pain under control for good!


Pain Psychologist 

Participating in talk therapy with a specialized pain psychologist along with physical treatment can help promote long-term relief. Our Asheville pain relief centers at Comprehensive Pain Consultants of the Carolinas offer a variety of psychology services to improve the lives of chronic pain patients such as: 



Often a combination of pain management, talk therapy and medications work well to treat chronic pain patients dealing with depression. There are a variety of antidepressant medications available and it’s important to find the one that works right for your unique situation. Medications may present risks to some individuals, so it’s important to talk with your doctor to understand potential risk factors. All medications should be taken only as prescribed by your doctor.


Pain Management Doctors Asheville NC

With pain clinics located throughout Asheville in Fletcher, Marion, Waynesville, Weaverville, Henderson, Franklin and Brevard, The Comprehensive Pain Consultants will work with you to take control of your life both physically and emotionally. Our professional team is dedicated to achieving success with each and every patient!


Get in touch with us by calling 828-483-4438


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Lauren Fischer