The Link Between Depression and Pain – And How You Can Fight Back

Written by Angela Atkinson

Are you aware of the connection between physical pain and depression, It’s important to understand the link, and how it affects your body and mind. This understanding can help you with treatment and therapy.

Learn more about this depression and pain dilemma:

1. Understand the depression and physical pain cycle. Health experts share that depression and pain appear to share a cycle. This cycle makes it difficult to see where one issue starts and ends. There is overlap between depression and pain, so it’s hard to tell them apart.

* As your depression gets worse or better, your physical pain responds and may get worse or better in sync. The two are interlinked in a complex way that makes it harder to treat.

* Pain can also make depression more difficult. If you’re not able to work or do the activities you enjoy because of physical pain, you suffer and feel isolated. This can increase depression and feelings of worthlessness.

2. Consider inflammation. Recent research points to the role of inflammation in both depression and pain. More inflammation is likely to make depression worse. Likewise, if you have high levels of inflammation in your body, you’re more likely to have higher levels of pain.

Fighting Back Against Depression and Pain

If you’re battling depression and pain, using these strategies may alleviate your symptoms:

1. Seek help for your depression. You may benefit from therapy or medications specifically designed to manage depression.

2. Get help for your physical pain. You may have to make multiple doctors’ appointments to get to the root cause of the pain. But you want to ensure that whatever is causing your physical pain is also being treated in the best ways you have available.

3. Stay active. It’s easy to allow depression and pain to take over your world and hide. However, it’s crucial that you exercise and stay involved.

4. Lean on your support network. Whether it’s your friends, family, or coworkers, you need people in your life who understand you and can help you during a time of need.

3. Find something that you love. Experts point out that pursuing a hobby or activity that you enjoy can help bring you out of the cycle of depression and pain.

* Find something that brings you joy on a daily basis. This can range from cooking your favorite meals to dancing at a popular club. You can also find joy in smaller activities such as talking to a friend, reading a book, or writing down your thoughts.

* The key is to focus on positive activities that uplift you and help you forget the pain.

4. Learn to speak positively to yourself. Positive self-talk has been shown to reduce both depression and pain.

* Many athletes can talk through the pain to finish a competition. Many celebrities use positive self-talk to get out of depression. You, too, can use this technique to help manage your pain and depression.

* It’s important to focus on positive aspects of your life and personality, so you don’t feel guilt or shame. Avoid berating yourself over mistakes. Shift your focus away from negative ideas, habits, or suggestions.

* The more you practice positive self-talk, the better you get at it, and the greater influence you’ll have on your results.

Depression and physical pain are linked together. It’s not easy to see where one starts and the other ends. Nevertheless, you can take action to alleviate both pain and depression. Try these techniques to make a positive difference in your life.

Author

  • Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own. Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves. Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse here at QueenBeeing.com and at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.

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