Edmond Chiropractor: The Cognitive & Psychological Impact Of Pain
As our Edmond chiropractor’s blog article discussed earlier this month (part one here) about 100 million Americans suffer from pain every single day of their lives. In fact, there are so many reported cases that chronic pain has now become the number one reason for long-term disability in the United States. In part one of this series we discussed some negative cognitive side effects of living in daily pain. Today, our Edmond chiropractor would like to share with our readers about the psychological repercussions, as well.
Negative Psychological Side Effects Of Daily Pain
- Developing Depression: Having something wrong with your body and living with the pain each day can take a mental toll. Just the idea of facing the pain on a daily basis can be enough for some people to feel discouraged, sad, hopeless, and disinterested in general life. While depression is treatable, it’s likely to stick around in about 17% of people for life, especially if they don’t do anything to correct the issue.
- Experiencing Anxiety: Constant pain can also cause general anxiety problems to occur. Often people think depression and anxiety are the same, but they are actually different despite the fact that many daily pain sufferers will sometimes experience similar symptoms (or develop both problems). The key issues of anxiety include feelings of nervousness, restlessness, a sense of impending danger, and having increased breath and heart rate.
- Becoming Isolated: A healthy support system for anyone is ideal; unfortunately, for those with chronic pain a breakdown of relationships may occur. Many people in daily pain live alone, because either they feel that outsiders are judging them by saying they’re “faking it” or this is, sadly, actually the case. Sometimes, it’s the pain sufferer themselves who choose to be alone due to the mental frustration of dealing with daily pain.
Do any of these psychological concerns seem like anything you’re going through due to daily pain? Whether your pain is causing you cognitive impairment or psychological issues, our Edmond chiropractor doesn’t feel it’s worth it for you to live this way. If you find yourself in any of these situations, please don’t hesitate to seek help!
In many situations, chiropractic care can correct pain via adjustments to the spine which by default is associated with the nervous system. If you’d like to seek assistance via chiropractic care, please feel free to give our Edmond chiropractor a try.
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