Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Chronic Pain and Psychological Disorders

Often, chronic pain also has secondary, but not insignificant, repercussions that many do not consider.  One of these secondary issues is the development of psychological disorders; of this category, one of the primary disorders that may develop is depression.  According to an article by Harvard Health Publications (a division of Harvard Medical School),  “Pain, especially chronic pain, is an emotional condition as well as a physical sensation. It is a complex experience that affects thought, mood, and behavior and can lead to isolation, immobility, and drug dependence.”  Patients suffering from chronic pain are three times more likely to suffer from an anxiety or mood disorder than a pain-free counterpart. 
Due to the knowledge of the intimate biological and psychological relationship between pain and depression pathways, some rehabilitation centers are working to treat the two disorders in tandem.  In addition to the traditional methods of physical therapy to relieve pain from injuries, cognitive/behavioral therapy and psychotherapy can work well to help heal the psychological damage that results from a significant injury.  Sometimes, families of those injured can also be a part of these psychological therapies, since they are also significantly affected by a serious injury.
            Chronic pain frequently occurs as a result of a serious injury, such as a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, or brain or spinal cord injury.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is an experienced trial lawyer who fights for those who have suffered significant person injury at the expense of another.  Attorney Stoehr primarily serves the central and western Pennsylvania area.  For more information about his law firm, please visit our website.

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