As human beings, we all experience a close interplay of pain with our mood and thinking, and vice versa. We discuss this further on the "What can you do to help yourself? pages and the section on "Pain Self-Management".
The NHS Forth Vallley Moodjuice site has a number of excellent resources aimed at helping people with self-management of various mood issues connected with health, and in particular we would highly recommend their useful information sheet, which can be printed, on mood and pain - this is so good that we feel it best to direct you straight to it!
Pain, Mood and Harm
Sometimes, unfortunately, the experience of having chronic pain can lead people to have very negative thoughts and even sometimes to think about suicide. Sometimes (though this is subject to debate) some medications used for pain may contribute to this. If this happens it is very important for patients or their carers to discuss it with their doctor.
We have given some further information that may be of use to professionals at this linked page.
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Pain Service Website, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Page updated 15/02/2016