Chronic pain, like mental illness, has many silent sufferers, but this isn’t the only thing that links chronic pain and mental health. Pain Australia reports that approximately 40% of people with major depression are suffering from chronic pain. There is a lack of awareness of the link between long-term pain and poor mental health.
Mary Magalotti, the principal psychologist at Life Resolutions, is dedicated to educating the public on a range of mental health topics. Here at Life Resolutions, we believe that more people should be aware of the link between mental health and pain. Alongside Jodie Brenton, Mary Magalotti has ensured that those living with chronic pain can access mental health services.
Chronic pain is overlooked and widely misunderstood by those in the community. This misunderstanding causes many sufferers to not seek support. Many people suffering from chronic pain encounter a lack of empathy from those in the wider community, leading patients to feel isolated. Isolation can further impact one’s mental health and may be a barrier preventing them from seeking help from a mental health professional.
The Neuroscience Research Australia reports that 1 in 5 people with chronic pain has considered suicide. Here at Life Resolutions, we aim to support and protect the mental well-being of those suffering from chronic pain.
What can be done?
Pain Australia also highlights the need for a biopsychosocial approach when treating patients. The biopsychosocial approach places greater emphasis on the link between factors of one’s biology, psychology, and socio-environment. Meaning that one’s physical, psychological, and socio-environmental characteristics are all affected by each other. This approach requires practitioners to understand the context behind each of these factors to truly begin to help the patient.
Despite the link between chronic pain and poor mental health, there is hope. With new research and increased accessibility to support, those suffering from chronic pain can improve their mental wellbeing.
Life Resolutions provides services for those with chronic pain. For more information on our chronic pain services or our other services, visit our website. You can also book or enquire about an appointment online or over the phone.