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Why does real depression cause physical pain?
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Pain is complex
Feeling pain is not a simple matter. Many factors affect its sensation, from conditions at the pain site (eg, skin surface), along the nerve pathways (eg, up the arm), etc.
Once in the brain, alertness, "focusing" on it, distraction, needing to deal w an emergency, etc, all affect pain perception. Depression often highlights/magnifies pain perception by affecting these brain modulators.

In brief: Pain is complex
Feeling pain is not a simple matter. Many factors affect its sensation, from conditions at the pain site (eg, skin surface), along the nerve pathways (eg, up the arm), etc.
Once in the brain, alertness, "focusing" on it, distraction, needing to deal w an emergency, etc, all affect pain perception. Depression often highlights/magnifies pain perception by affecting these brain modulators.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Vanja Kondev
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Pain
Depression can aggravate somatic pain.

In brief: Pain
Depression can aggravate somatic pain.
Dr. Vanja Kondev
Dr. Vanja Kondev
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