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Chronic Pain, Depression & How Ketamine Can Help Break the Cycle

Chronic Pain, Depression & How Ketamine Can Help Break the Cycle

The relationship between chronic pain and depression is very much cyclical and self-reinforcing. Even though depression is a mental health disorder, it still manifests in unexplainable physical ways: back pain, migraine headaches, etc. Likewise, chronic pain oftentimes results in equally concerning mental manifestations: heightened stress, disturbed sleep patterns, low self-esteem, etc. And the worst part is that these mentally and physically painful conditions seem to feed off of each other, reinforcing a perpetual and vicious cycle of suffering. Chronic pain exacerbates depressive symptoms, which, in turn, makes pain symptoms worse. And so it goes on. So, how do we break this cycle of pain and depression?