By definition, after six months of continuous pain, you most likely will have depression. It is a real treatable medical condition.
Our society still has some stigma associated with any mental health issues. Often times, people will deny that they are having these issues.
Without being sexist, men and women can present differently in regards to the symptoms.
We often associate emotional crying and despondence with depression.
But it has many other ways of presentation.
Depression can occur gradually, or suddenly. It can present as a personality change. You are more irritable. You are less social. You might eat less, or more. You lack sleep, or continually sleep.
The bottom line is that you unknowingly change your routines and your body does not react “normally” to situations.
Many patients with chronic back and neck pain have depression. Without treating the depression, you cannot decrease your pains. In fact, depression can complicate and prolong all pain situations.
If you have any of the above symptoms, please speak to you doctor. It is “not in your head”. It is a real treatable medical condition and can have profound effects if not properly managed.
If you would like to go to a website on depression please click HERE.
Last modified: October 22, 2019