Catastrophization, fear of movement, anxiety, and depression are associated with persistent, severe low back pain and disability

Psychological characteristics are important in the development and progression of low back pain (LBP); however, their role in persistent, severe LBP is unclear. Full story . 

A Behavioral Intervention for Depression and Chronic Pain in Primary Care

Chronic pain and depression frequently co-exist in late and mid-life and contribute to increased disability, high health care costs, psychiatric comorbidity, and suicide. Older and middle-aged depressed-pain patients: a)...
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Depression and Functional Outcomes in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department With Low Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is a common reason for patients to present to Emergency Departments (EDs). Our objective was to describe the associations between depressive symptoms, pain severity, and functional impairment up to 3 ...
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‘Impressed with Impact' of Ketamine in Cancer Palliative Care

Toronto psychiatrist Madeline Li, MD, PhD, is running the only registered study to investigate ketamine specifically for the treatment of depression in cancer patients. 

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Depression, Anxiety May Hinder Healing in Young Patients with Hip Pain

New research suggests that physicians evaluating young patients with hip pain should consider more than such patients' physical health. They also should consider screening those patients for clinical depression and anxie...
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The Association Between Antidepressant Treatment and Brain Connectivity in Two Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trials: A Treatment Mechanism Study

Antidepressant medications offer an effective treatment for depression, yet nearly 50% of patients either do not respond or have side-effects rendering them unable to continue the course of treatment. Mechanistic studies...
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Combined Online Self-Management for Pain, Associated Anxiety, and Depression Works

In a new paper published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine , researchers report that online symptom self-management works to decrease pain, anxiety, and depression symptoms. They also found that online symptom ...
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Multiple Brain Regions Moderate and Link Depressive Mood and Pain

  Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have identified specific regions of the brain that drive, influence, and moderate depressive mood and its relationship to perceiving physical pa...
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Social Support Key to Remission from Suicidal Thoughts for Disabling Chronic Pain Sufferers

According to a new study, poverty and history of anxiety and depressive disorders were impediments to recovery from suicidal ideation. 

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Depression, Obesity, Chronic Pain Could be Treated by Targeting the Same Key Protein

Major depression, obesity and chronic pain are all linked to the effects of one protein, called FKBP51. Researchers have now developed a highly selective compound that can effectively block FKBP51 in mice, relieving chronic pain and having positive effects on diet-induced obesity and mood. 

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The AAPM Annual Meeting offers education and networking opportunities for all members of the pain care team.

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