Depression and Chronic Pain is Extremely Common

Dr. Russell Portenoy of Beth Israel Medical Center explains that depression often coincides with chronic pain.


The relationship is complicated and requires a strong assessment of both conditions. Dr. Portenoy explains that patients often seek treatment for depression with a psychiatrist and for chronic pain with a physician and that this disconnect is a problem of the health care system.

Explain the pattern theory, how depression can cause chronic pain, and vice versa.