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How mental health can stop aches and pains

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2022 | Divorce |

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 50 million Americans live with chronic pain. Of those, about 20 million have pain so severe that it interferes with their work and personal lives nearly every day. Debilitating pain this profound affects not only the sufferer but their loved ones too, especially their spouse.

Physical pain and mental health in Oregon

Even though the spouse of someone with a chronic pain disorder cannot feel their physical torment, they can be affected by the mental health disorders that often accompany a life full of pain. Severe chronic pain and discomfort, and the often endless search for a diagnosis and effective treatment, have caused depression and anxiety in millions of Americans. These conditions can create a loop with chronic pain, each making the other worse.

Besides worsening chronic pain, depression and anxiety can also affect relationships. Mental illness can fray marriages and even lead to divorce.

Some marriages have problems that run deeper than one spouse suffering from pain and mental health conditions. But therapy can help deal with depression, anxiety or both. Managing depression and anxiety can help improve your marital and other relationships. It can also help with your pain. These conditions can make people catastrophize their pain, meaning they focus on it excessively and feel overwhelmed and helpless about it. Being able to deal with your pain in as healthy a mindset as possible can also help you work on your marriage too.

Still, if your marriage is troubled, divorce might be the best option. In that case, you will need a fair and reasonable divorce decree, including property division and child custody.