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  • Shared Experiences

    I feel so alone. I have pain in my leg and back.

    I have suffered depression all my life i have no one to care. I am sick of it and I cry every day.
    • Joe Gubbay
    • Boots
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  • Joe Gubbay

    Clinical Psychologist, Counsellor, Psychologist, Psychotherapist

    I have worked in public hospitals as well as private practice over the past 25 years. As a clinical psychologist I treat depression, social anxiety, … View Profile

    Having physical pain and psychological pain (depression) is a difficult but common combination. Do speak to your GP about it; there are treatment options.  Regarding neck and back pain, your doctor would need to make sure that your physical condition is properly assessed and treated.

    Cognitive behavioural therapy, and specifically pain management, is a type of psychological therapy that can help you to break the link between chronic physical pain and depression, and to help you to reduce the impact of long term physical pain on your life.  This style of therapy is also effective for most people in treating depression.  There are also antidepressant medications that can provide pain relief as well as helping depression, though medication isn't my area of expertise.  Your GP should be able to help you to come up with an action plan and referrals to any specialists that might be needed, including to a suitable psychologist.  

    I wish you all the best, do pursue treatment options, because it's worth it.

  • Boots

    HealthShare Member

    Also try Chiro, Physio and massage. It worked well for me. I have no depression when I have no pain!



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