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Chronic pain associated with depression

November 5, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A new study shows that people with chronic pain often feel pain more intensely if they're also experiencing depression and anxiety. And if depression's left untreated, it can have a profoundly negative effect.Depression is often an unrecognized symptom for those who live with chronic pain.

But when people suffer from both, they tend to perceive pain more severely and report more disability.

Experts hope better screening for depression and anxiety will help future treatments.

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