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Are pain management specialists trained to deal with the depression and mental problems that come with constant pain?

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Dr. Satvinder Dhesi
Pain Management
4 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely

Absolutely. The best practices involve specialized pain psychologists who are the primary role players in helping address the depression and mood disorders associated with chronic pain.

In brief: Absolutely

Absolutely. The best practices involve specialized pain psychologists who are the primary role players in helping address the depression and mood disorders associated with chronic pain.
Dr. Satvinder Dhesi
Dr. Satvinder Dhesi
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Dr. Craig Westin
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not all are.

Pain clinics deal primarily with the physical aspects of chronic pain.
Good physicians either spot the depression and mental problems in their clients or respond to client complaints by referring to therapist who specialize in helping people better cope with living with their pain. Research is finding better and more effective techniques.

In brief: Not all are.

Pain clinics deal primarily with the physical aspects of chronic pain.
Good physicians either spot the depression and mental problems in their clients or respond to client complaints by referring to therapist who specialize in helping people better cope with living with their pain. Research is finding better and more effective techniques.
Dr. Craig Westin
Dr. Craig Westin
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Dr. Norman Marcus
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Pain and Depression

There is no designated specialty of pain medicine yet.
Therefore physicians with varied backgrounds will practice pain management. Most should be able to identify depresion but few will have the training to treat serious depression adequately. Referral to a psychiatrist and/or psychologist should be considered.

In brief: Pain and Depression

There is no designated specialty of pain medicine yet.
Therefore physicians with varied backgrounds will practice pain management. Most should be able to identify depresion but few will have the training to treat serious depression adequately. Referral to a psychiatrist and/or psychologist should be considered.
Dr. Norman Marcus
Dr. Norman Marcus
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Dr. Paul Reynolds
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It's part of the training, but some focus more on procedures.

In brief: Yes

It's part of the training, but some focus more on procedures.
Dr. Paul Reynolds
Dr. Paul Reynolds
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