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Anxiety, Depression Frequently Linked with Chronic Pain

Anxiety, Depression Frequently Linked with Chronic Pain

A new survey discovers that many adults with anxiety or a mood disorder also report experiencing chronic pain.

Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health discovered nearly half of the people surveyed with a mood disorder — including included depression or bipolar disorder — report chronic pain.

The findings, which show the link between mental health and physical symptoms are published online in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

“The dual burden of chronic physical conditions and mood and anxiety disorders is a significant and growing problem,” said Silvia Martins, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, and senior author.

The research examined survey data to analyze associations between DSM-IV-diagnosed mood and anxiety disorders and self-reported chronic physical conditions among 5,037 adults in São Paulo, Brazil. Participants were also interviewed in person.

Among individuals with a mood disorder, chronic pain was the most common, reported by 50 percent, followed by respiratory diseases at 33 percent, cardiovascular disease at 10 percent, arthritis reported by nine percent, and diabetes by seven percent.

Anxiety disorders were also common for those with chronic pain disorder at 45 percent, and respiratory at 30 percent, as well as arthritis and cardiovascular disease, each 11 percent.

Individuals with two or more chronic diseases had increased odds of a mood or anxiety disorder. Hypertension was associated with both disorders at 23 percent.

“These results shed new light on the public health impact of the dual burden of physical and mental illness,” said Dr. Martins.

Chronic disease coupled with a psychiatric disorder is a pressing issue that health providers should consider when designing preventive interventions and treatment services — especially the heavy mental health burden experienced by those with two or more chronic diseases.”

Source: Columbia University/EurekAlert

Anxiety, Depression Frequently Linked with Chronic Pain

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2017). Anxiety, Depression Frequently Linked with Chronic Pain. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/06/02/anxiety-depression-frequently-linked-with-chronic-pain/121389.html

 

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