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Suggest Treatment For Depression And Chronic Pain

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Posted on Mon, 9 Jan 2017
Question: What are the effects on the body and brain of long term depression, severe chronic pain and loss of spousal support and affection?
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Answered by Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe (4 minutes later)
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Detailed Answer:
Hello, and thanks for your question.

There are no known physical effects to the brain caused by the conditions you describe above. However, there are several bodily effects associated with these conditions. Depression raises the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. it is associated with higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and inflammatory biomarkers. Chronic pain can become associated with worsening depression. Loss of spousal support raises the risk of dying earlier than expected. So, there are all serious things that need treatment, either with medication or psychotherapy.

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In the future, for continuity of care, I encourage you to contact me directly at my private web address below. After you ask a direct question, it would be my pleasure to be your dedicated personal physician on this website. My name is Dr. Sheppe, and I am an XXXXXXX doctor working in New York City at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, ranked #1 for Psychiatry in the United States (tinyurl.com/psyrank). For a personalized comprehensive evaluation, treatment recommendations, and individual therapy, ask me at HealthCareMagic at this private web address: tinyurl.com/DrSheppeAnswers
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Suggest Treatment For Depression And Chronic Pain

Brief Answer: Consultation Detailed Answer: Hello, and thanks for your question. There are no known physical effects to the brain caused by the conditions you describe above. However, there are several bodily effects associated with these conditions. Depression raises the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. it is associated with higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and inflammatory biomarkers. Chronic pain can become associated with worsening depression. Loss of spousal support raises the risk of dying earlier than expected. So, there are all serious things that need treatment, either with medication or psychotherapy. Please remember to rate and close this answer thread when you are finished and satisfied. In the future, for continuity of care, I encourage you to contact me directly at my private web address below. After you ask a direct question, it would be my pleasure to be your dedicated personal physician on this website. My name is Dr. Sheppe, and I am an XXXXXXX doctor working in New York City at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, ranked #1 for Psychiatry in the United States (tinyurl.com/psyrank). For a personalized comprehensive evaluation, treatment recommendations, and individual therapy, ask me at HealthCareMagic at this private web address: tinyurl.com/DrSheppeAnswers