The Relationship Between Back Pain and Depression

Whenever I talk to someone about their back pain, they always tell me something like this: “The pain is pretty bad, but the worst part is it keeps me from exercising and spending quality time with my family. It’s frustrating and depressing to feel this helpless and hopeless.” For most people in pain, they really do not seek help unless it is keeping them from doing activities they need or want to do. This can get incredibly frustrating (as I have experienced personally) and back pain has been shown to increase feelings of depression and anxiety.

Back Pain Depression
 Not only that, it keeps you from staying independent, enjoying life, and doing everything that makes life worth living. Furthermore, depression has also been shown to increase back pain. What does this mean? It means that regardless of what came first (the back pain or the depression) one is increasing the other (which is increasing the other and so on). However, many of these same people think they can’t take time for themselves and their health because they have too much to do: too many responsibilities. What do I tell them? “The best way you can take care of your responsibilities is to put yourself and your health first.” Why is that? Because, if you neglect your health, your pain, and your ability to stay active and independent, then you eventually won’t be able to take care of the people you love, do the things you want to do, and enjoy life overall. Then, the endless cycle of back pain and depression will continue to worsen until it is debilitating. Giving yourself the time to help yourself, get into a healing mindset, and get better will ensure that you can remain independent, keep caring for the ones you love, and spend time doing what you need and want to do: without back pain or restrictions. The only question remaining is: where do I start? Finding the right person to guide you on your journey to better health for the rest of your life can be difficult. A good first step is to Download our Free Report on Ending Back Pain. After reading that report, let us know how you feel. We want to hear from you, to make sure you are on your way to ending your back pain and the depressive symptoms that come with it!

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