For many people chronic pain is a constant part of life, particularly as we grow older.
It may be arthritis pain, endometriosis, RSI, bursitis, back pain or migraines, to name just a few. Often the cause of the pain is invisible, but that doesn’t make the suffering any less. In fact, it can make things worse as others aren’t as sympathetic or understanding if they can’t ‘see’ what the problem is.
No matter what the cause, chronic pain can be a tough burden to bear.
As a result, it is very common for those experiencing chronic pain to also battle depression.
Chronic Pain and Depression
For example, a young lady living with the severe pain of endometriosis, may grow depressed as her condition puts a damper on her social life, or she feels that loved ones are tired of hearing about or sympathising with her problems.
As she looks to the future, all she can see is many years of ongoing pain and suffering … the only light at the end of the tunnel is the thought of having a hysterectomy after she has had her family at some distant time in the future!
Many people are surprised to learn that psychology can help with pain management – you can find out more in this article, by Nikki Crossman. Nikki is a very experienced Psychologist who works with clients to overcome a range of difficulties, including chronic pain.
If you would like to make an appointment with Nikki please call 3088 5422 or book online.