Living with chronic pain can elevate feelings of depression. Similarly, people who live with depression also experience chronic pain. The winter season often results in an increase in depression, typically knowns as seasonal affective disorder, and those living with pain often experience increased winter blues. Consequently, the link between pain and depression is strong.
We?ve talked in the past about a variety of aspects of the opioid crisis, including the cognitive behavioral approach to treating opioid addiction. And while we generally prefer to avoid prescribing them as part of chronic pain treatments, there are some cases where opioids actually make sense.
With Daylight Savings Time upon us, the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting much, much colder. And while we?re still about six weeks away from winter officially starting, this is the time of year when some people start getting hit hard by Seasonal Affective Disorder.