Persistent pain and your mental health

People with persistent pain can become discouraged and fearful about their life now and in the future. This hopelessness and fear can lead to depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety are both medical conditions which can be successfully treated.

Who can help?
If your persistent pain has caused you to feel hopeless, depressed or anxious, the following providers may be able to help:

  • Your primary care physician
  • Support groups or other community resources
  • A licensed behavioral health therapist
    • Providence Behavioral Health offers programs for the treatment of depression, anxiety and drug dependence

What treatment options are available?

  • Teaching new ways to cope with depression, anxiety and stress
  • Help understanding and acceptance of changes or limitations for family, work and play
  • How to become motivated to try the new skills, including those learned from a physical therapist, which may be hard at first but with time will help
  • Understanding the risks of drug dependence and addiction that can occur with use of pain medications

Some people are fearful of what it may mean to others if they seek mental health or substance use treatment. One in every four people have symptoms of a mental health problem, and those who seek treatment become mentally, emotionally and physically stronger.

For more information or to get help, please call Providence Behavioral Health: 503-574-9235.