Depression and pain : is there a common pathway ?

  title={Depression and pain : is there a common pathway ?},
  author={Francis J Dunne},
Whether chronic pain induces clinical depression or depression initiates psychosomatic pain (through physiological mechanisms) is difficult to prove. The burden of illness increases when patients suffer from both. Financial hardship and medical costs affect the quality of life which leads to difficulties in coping and further decreased functioning, making the treatment of both conditions more complicated. Therefore, better recognition, assessment, and treatment of comorbid pain and depression… CONTINUE READING

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