Depression and Chronic Pain | Kati Morton

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  1. Having a chronic painful progressive neurological disorder has caused or contributed to depression and turned my life upside down. Treatment for symptoms of the disorder has helped as has therapy but I am left with a tremendous sense of loss.

  2. Eliminate all people from your life that contribute in any way to stress and pain. Unfortunately, chronic pain patients need to be selfish.

  3. Depression 100% gives chronic pain. I wake up every morning feeling like I'm going to throw up and like a knife is being driven through my heart. I also have anxiety which makes it so much worse. I can say, alone time and no physical movement works.

  4. I have a tumor in my spine, with scar tissue covering it for surgery and also neuropathic pain
    “ITS IN YOUR HEAD” is not just what Dr.’s say but also a,l the ppl I tell
    O ya and back spasms ,,hunrededs at a time ALL the time

  5. Unfortunately talking therapies haven't really worked for me or medication. Reiki has helped with my migraine. I think the answer for depression is Past life Regression therapy

  6. What a disaster coming with doctors cutting back on required pain meds for chronic pain management. Chronic pain sufferers will be under medicated with drastic quality of life. Withholding treatment when treatment is available will throw loads of people into depression. Required to suffer needlessly.

  7. I’m 16 and I’m a dancer. I’ve been having a horrible pain in my hip/leg for a month and I finally went to the doctor. He told me I couldn’t dance anymore and that he couldn’t do anything more for me but give me pain meds. He also told me I’m looking at months to years in pain. It completely broke my heart that I can’t dance anymore. I already have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. This just happened Thursday…that I got the news that I couldn’t Dance and I’m definitely grieving, Dance is my life and I’m so young 🙁 every time I think about continuing on my life in this pain it makes me not want to go on. This is one of the worst pains I’ve ever had and i can barely walk. I’m just devastated

  8. You do amazing videos Kati Morton , i get this pain, low energy and mood , everyone's tells me im a hypochondriac

  9. I injured my shoulder in January 2017, finally tried to get it assessed in August, was sent to PT, bounced around all over the place until I could finally dig an MRI to show I needed surgery, and finally got that in December. It's been a struggle since then…my job is very physical and it's always been a huge part of my identity. I went back to work for one week and it was too physically painful, but it was also very emotionally painful as I'm a band teacher and my program was pretty much shot. I'm processing the idea that I may not return to work until August. I'm definitely grieving the active lifestyle I used to have.

  10. tmd is a nightmare its like a shadow walking with you throughout the day and its hard to fake a smile plus its so painful yet alone talking with family friends and the worst coworkers who thinking that you're faking it. Tmj suffers stay strong fo what ever it takes but don't give up hope. i cry everyday and if i didn't its an accomplishment for starting a new good day .. mutch love.

  11. Random question but , is it weird if someone feels emotional pain much more than physical pain? For example someone having their arm broken would hurt less than a friend ignoring , or ditching them. Or someone having a pencil stab them until they bleed 10 times would hurt less than someone close to them calling them a mean name …or any situation where someone's physical pain tolerance is higher than most and someone's emotional pain tolerance is really low.

  12. been suffering from chronic back pain from a herniated disk the past 2 years now. I got 4 cortisone shots that didnt help and went through physical therapy 3 times. It is so fucking hard to do anything and i refuse to leave my dorm because it just that unbearable. I can barley focus on school and I almost killed myself last month because I felt so alone and isolated. I'm getting surgery next week after my finals. I really hope this shit works because everyday is getting increasingly more difficult. If it doesnt then Idk what to do ill prob end up dead honestly.

  13. I have two compression fractures (L1, T4) that have had me in pain every day for almost three years. I have been out of work for two years.

    I had struggled with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, before my injury, and it has been worse lately. I have been suicidal and been stopped during am attempted suicide because of the pain.

  14. I don't know if I have depression, but I have chronic pain in my head, neck and back every single day for almost 4 years now. It never goes away, so I'm struggling with it 24/7. My doctors never take me really seriously. I'm currently thinking about going to therapy to see if I'm depressed, but I'm actually really afraid. My parents do not "believe" in depression, they do not think that it is a real thing but rather made up for attention or because someone needs an excuse for his laziness. My pain gets worse when I have to look down (to write things and to study) and recently I cannot get anything done because of it. When I see that I have to study a lot, I immediately get down and start to cry after some minutes. I feel so weak, and I think this makes me a bad person. I just want to concentrate on the stuff that I'm studying, but instead I get caught up in my head with my physical pain and my emotions. Anyway, I just moved out, so maybe I'll try therapy soon.

  15. And friendly advice from someone who's seen all the sides of depression ..chest pain related to depression is not a heart attack but it doesn't mean it's not dangerous. It stresses the heart in a bad way so take it seriously ! betablockers have saved my life quite a few times.

  16. currently I am suffering from chronic pain, its always there and very discomforting, and mental health issues such as anxiety, it was great to find this video which describes pretty much what I feel

  17. I ate sunflower seeds a couple of years ago and went into a deep depression and also had severe back pains. I dusted off my allergy test and, sure enough, realized I'm allergic to sunflower seeds. It took 72 hours to recover. By the way, I don't have any spinal problems.

  18. Yes I find myself so depressed right now I am trying to fight it and sometimes it just knocks me right down, I try so hard to put a happy face and it’s so hard:(

  19. I was injured just before my 18th birthday and suffered24 hours a day PAIN in my lower back and all said i was faking it or not exist and basically ruined my life. i suffered 13 years strait before the pain became not constant and moved to feeling like i am stabbed in the back 10 20 times a day and forces me to suffer depression and made me unable to keep relationships due to the screams and lack of ability to do like others. I spent years on end playing computer games just to not move to get the pain and lost more health doing it…. even right now I am very attracted to my neighbor that is special beyond any other woman i ever met and super depressed i am not fit to be able to be with her and must reject her so she can be happy because it would not so good with me. i am 58 and 50 of them years i spent most of them alone. i barely leave my home but I am now a skilled artist and still my art makes people happy but not me. I found the cure to wars overpopulation even housing for other worlds and I see this world so dysfunctional and get more depressed and tell ,myself I rather see myself die and the world not get the cure and go extinct so the universe not be harmed by humans like they do own home. To me humans are the worst and the best of life bu have zero future due to the ape and capitalist effects….this whole planet will die sooner or later due to humans getting tech and not using it correctly to serve slavery of capitalism….more depression just thinking of the seeing I have for being apart and looking on a world of apes that think money is everything and life a side effect of slavery and exploitation. Sorry if i depressed you by just speaking a tiny bit.

  20. Pain is my constant companion since I was shot in "92" if I could have just one day in seven where there's no pain.

  21. 30 years of chronic pain management after severe spine injury, never been high or overdosed ….. Only drug addicts overdose and die from opioids, NOT chronic pain patients! ….. Now my opioid meds have been taken away via the fake opioid crisis (really a crooked doctor crisis) and i'm thinking of killing myself, I can't take the pain anymore! ….. From accident, to hospital bed to productive member of society, back to bed again 30 years later… It took 30 years to get depressed over being cripple, not because of being cripple, but from the PAIN….. i give it 3 to 6 months and i'll be outta here
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  22. I have ptsd depression anxiety fibromyalgia neck and back pain damage nerves COPD heart failure heart stint and a few other problems but any way I just hate that I always have to feel like I’m sick 🤒 while others are so happy 😀 I try so hard not to lay in bed but I’m in so much pain always it’s miserable 😭 I’m on lots of meds I hate taking I’m willing to try anything to help me I just feel like a failure

  23. I broke my neck and was paralyzed from the neck down. I was 14 and that was on 9/11/84. I was fortunate enough to have a pretty good recovery where I can walk, and use most extremities. However my upper body is still really weak, and as a result I have to use muscles that are so weak that they strain and stress all day. Thus they ache deeply, not to mention the pain in the nerves and in the bones. I have lived like this for 34 years. But because I can walk, people just assume everything is fine. I am constantly defending myself all day everyday. Until I had had enough of that and have just eliminated the people in my life who question. I have been clinically depressed for 30plus years. I feel so alone, because I know of no one who has a similar experience. But chronic pain groups might help.

  24. Omg! Thanks for making this!!..i had ten major surgeries in ten years..im so depressed..trying to explain this to my husband…hopefully it will help

  25. I am so grateful you put this video out, as I have a back injury that happened at work last year and was told all of the things that were said here, and I am getting very depressed. I'm usually a very positive person, but I feel like giving up, I have so many people who say they are here for me, but no one really is, and I don't know who to turn to. Doctors shuffle me around, and I won't even try anymore, as they do make me feel like shit, and "the symptoms don't make sense". I am just glad to see it isn't just me.

  26. Kati, my 37 yr old son has failed back surgery syndrome. For 16 years. He has constant nerve pain. I also think he has Major Depression Disorder. He lives in his room, in bed, barely eats, won't go anywhere except to the pharmacy to get his pain medication (fentanyl and oxycodone). He refuses to go to therapy. He sees a psychiatrist once a month and recently started him on an ssri. Can you do a video on Major Depression Disorder?

  27. Thank you for this video! I deal with chronic pain due to scar tissue from multiple surgeries as well as Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and anxiety. It is so exhausting having to constantly battle both your brain and your body. They definitely seem to exacerbate each other. I never really thought about having to grieve the fact that I wouldn't be able to have a "normal" life, but it makes so much sense. Now I can begin the process of acceptance.

  28. Thank you. Im currently in pain and the residents and nurses basically had smirks on their faces bc the basic blood work they did came back normal. My husband thinks its just anxiety. I am working on getting insurance so that I can get real treatment and real tests done and can afford to see different doctors until someone takes it seriously. It hurts mentally and physically and it is a blow to self esteem and worsens depression when even your family dismisses you. Anyone else that is experiencing this, I understand you and I am with you.

  29. This happened to my sister turns out she had rheumatoid arthritis but she wasn't taken seriously for a long time. It's not her only chronic pain issue but it was one of the first ones that they found. She will hopefully get disability soon. She worked 30 years and is highly educated but can't concentrate or do much physically anymore.

  30. There is also chronic pain from back pain or illness. My bad back gets hard to deal with sometimes. I then become depressed.

  31. My stepmom doesn't have depression. If anything, she has tiny panic attacks every once in a while. She also has severe pain that's been lasting a long time. She can get numb, makes it hard for her to even move. She's been told it could be an autoimmune disease. They have no idea. She has to take pregnazone just to live. It sucks not being able to be helped.

  32. I’m 11 and I just found out I have chronic pain, I’ve hade it for a long time and it lead me to depression. Does anyone have advice on how to deal with it at school and get my work done?

  33. This is the closest video I could find about my question.

    My sister is um… Quite the hypochondriac. Or psychosomatic. I can't really say. But I was wondering, do doctors tell the patient if they suspect? She does have health problems, but she's been diagnosed with incurable life-threatening diseases that if ignored when she brings it up, she'll forget all about and end up with something new. She can even develop symptoms to something if there's a popular ad on it on TV. Part of why I hate those drug commercial ads. Whatever ad's airing I know she's going to get whatever it is.

    Sadly things went bad at the place I was caring for my Mom and we had to turn to her for shelter, and she was doing great with her health until we showed up. Now everyday it's some kind of new problem after another. It's mentally and physically exhausting and makes it hard to sleep or eat. We learned long ago there's no arguing with her or anything. She's always right, even if she's talking about something she said the opposite to days before.

    And to make matters worse, she's been fighting to get her daughter back. And honestly, her daughter should have been taken away much earlier. But apparently protectiver services can't spot someone who's obviously hopped up on speed. It took her calling the police on my friend who broke into her daughter's window to have sex on her bed for her to lose her daughter. Mainly because my friend was far away at the time, didn't know where she lived, there were no footprints in the snow and the window wasn't broken like she had said.

    Yet, she still is certain it happened. It's scary we have to depend on her for the time being. Not to mention our income was cut more than half.

  34. Any references for good chronic pain depression medications? I can't take SSNRIs (tachycardic) and I'm already on the GABAs… sad face

  35. In all honesty It’s been years since I haven’t had just one day where I wasn’t in pain.its hard to wake up in pain everyday

  36. I suffer from avascular necrosis (AVN), which is basically where I have holes in my bones and the holes that we have found is from my hips down to my ankles in all the bones as I like to call it my bones are like Swiss cheese. My chronic pain was cause by treatment for leukaemia, my mental health has been so bad to the point where I don’t want to get out of bed or do anything because I know that I’m going to be in pain while doing it and I’m going to have to spend ages recovering from doing a simple thing such as simply shopping. I have been told many times by doctors even though they know what caused it that I’m making the pain up or that the pain can’t be as bad you are saying it is. I have also been told that I will be on morphine for the rest of my life and I am 16 and I was diagnosed with my chronic pain at age 11, and I have also been told that I will just have to live with the pain because there is nothing that can be done even though there is, it is a constant battle because as well as the pain I have bad depression so we are trying to find where the treatment is in my country (I’m from England) and if not I’m going to go over to America to get the treatment. I hate having the constant battle and feeling like I can’t talk to anyone because I hate complaining to people cause I know that others have so much worse than me

  37. My pain specialist gave me a diagnosis that my family doctor won't back up, he treats me with such disrespect. I've lived in extreme pain for 18 years, and have given up on relationships. Canadian shrinks are clueless about this type of depression, I just want to finish raising my kids then I can do whatever I need to do since medics aren't helping.

  38. Great vid 1st time here. I have numerous medical issues that cause chronic pain. Except for my migraine med I don’t take any pain meds as I am allergic to pain meds. Actually had to go through DNA test to see what if any meds I can take. For pain I use s tens unit but usually burn myself from overuse
    Today When I stand up I am bent at my waist. Live alone no family and my closest friend deserted me as I was no fun to be around because of my med issues
    I see a psychologist we talk but psyche meds scare me
    So I am trying to handle a house and pets alone. I only go out to go shopping & doc appts no life whatsoever 🙁

  39. Im in Australia and I suffer from Chronic pain due to a partly severed nerve in my spine. I been 13 years searching for treatment, seen 14 general practioners 2 neuroligists, 3 pain specialists and several alternitive theripists. Ive spent tens of thousands of dollars all up in a depsperate search for a managable pain level. Instead Im stuck in bed day in and day out because even the smallest movement sends pain like bolts of lightening in my veins down my legs. Im now severely depressed to the point of suicide atttempts and still cant get the help I need on any level. Ive told my current Doctor plus hospital emergency staff and still they do nothing to help. The only councilling I was ever offered in 13 years was 6 1hr sessions with a counsellor on Neauroplasticity. I sat there being told it was all in my head and I could learn to control it. Total BS at the level of pain Im in there is no way anyone can ignore or switch off pain as described to me when its so bad you want to die. I honestly dont know what else to do or where to turn for help…I just keep getting turned away…

  40. I'm in bed all the time, and yet it's a rare occasion when I get actual good sleep. There is also a price to pay for that.. Nightmares are how I awaken each time, due to going past my medication tImes. Anxieties come with territory now also. They like to hang out with my new depressions. It's hard to remember what life was like before my Snowmobile accident back in 2013. Permanent nerve damage ain't no joke. And when my Grandma use to tell us we were getting on her nerves, I don't think she had any idea.. In all seriousness what do you all do to avoid the dark thoughts

  41. This has been helpful to me.I have chronic back pain caused by a spinal injury.I am getting a great deal of support from my doctors,but it never occurred to me that depression has been a serious side effect of my chronic pain.

  42. I suffer from three chronic illnesses and all cause chronic pain. I 100% agree that these things can lead to depression because its happening to me. I have an amazing support system however the daily pain has made it tough to look on the bright side of things.

  43. I have anxiety and depression. I've finally got it under controlled, until I was tested positive for an autoimmune disease. My mom has lupus. A diseases that attacks your kidneys, and joints. You are in constant pain everyday. From the moment you wake up till the moment you go to bed, and even then you can wake up in the night because of the pain. My mother was told from the age of 18 to 40 that she was making up, or its in her head. But she knew it was lupus. I always say that chronic pain is not a death sentence its a life sentence, I have never been normal because of my anxiety, now I have another bump in my path that I will jump over. Everyday is a battle but I'm glad I have a person that understands my pain alot better then most doctors.

  44. what she's talking about is chronic pain onset from depression but i have chronic pain from two botched hip surgeries and they put me on medications to try to manage the pain and it messes with my mental health. soooo it's the chicken or the egg sometimes and mine is the pain is actually causing the depression

  45. I’m only 26 and I do very believe I’m suffering from depression I’m always in pain barley could sleep I over think to much I’m always paranoid and even my children say I’m to paranoid and that I think to much i here and there cry a lot and not knowing exactly why am I crying feeling very down don’t have no motivation

  46. Hi well I’m confused I have panic attacks always tired and always aching my body always sore too dr. is this related to chronicle Fatigue pain? ? I’m really not sure if I have clinical fatigue

  47. Chronic pain is like a night without end,you eventually lose hope that things will ever get better.The only way out is to take back control of your own life and put your trust in a higher power.That is the only way I can get through each day.

  48. I'm finding that the medical community, our families, friends, employers, etc., just don't get how our daily lives are affected by chronic pain. I have trigeminal neuralgia (which is but one of a long list of health issues I have), and my life is HUGELY impacted by it. Even when it is just at a low ebb, I'm still in pain every day. Most of the time people don't even know I have anything wrong. Then when it flares badly, I can hardly talk, or chew food — it will literally stop me cold. The pain is so bad (it's a searing burning pain in my face and jaw) all I can do is stand or sit still and try not to cry. My doctor doesn't ask about it, my friends are aware but far away, I can't always call and if I could I can't speak anyway because the pain gets worse with talking. I wish people understood this goes WAY beyond being able to cope. I get mentally enraged at the world not understanding. And I feel alone.

  49. I shattered my ankle last April and almost lost my ankle. It became infected and was in the hospital for 4 months. When I got discharged I asked my doctor where my pain meds were and he told me to get use to the pain. If I wasn't in probation I would of knocked him out. I'm in pain 24/7 and the strongest pain meds docs prescribe me is Tylenol with codeine. It's a joke. I don't know what to do.the pain gets so bad sometimes I feel suicidal. The health system is broken and doctors don't care about us who suffer from chronic pain. They look at like drug addicts

  50. I am turning 19 this year and I’ve had a chronic tension headace for about 5-6 years.
    I went to a specialised chronic pain hospital a year ago. There, I learned for the first time that I was not imagining my pain. There were a lot of people like me and also a lot of people with much worse chronic pain (chronic migranes, cluster headaces). It was so good to finally have people believe me! Also people around me in daily life seemed to realise: “oh she’s going to a hospital. Maybe she really does have headaces”.
    But other than that, my stay at that hospital was a little dissapointing. They mostly talked about how to make life with chronic pain better (Eat well, sleep well, exercise, keep yourself distracted from the pain), theese things I was already doing. They helped a little bit but noone really talked about getting rid of the pain. I know for tension headaces it is possible. I did get amitriptyline to help my body re-build its serotonin level -> for my kind of pain, serotonin is what my body is missing to ‘filtrate’ what pain must be felt by the body, and what not. At least so I was told. (english is not my fist language, hope this makes sense)

    So the drug helped for a year (wich was great!) but my body did not start to produce enough serotonin on its own again. So after a little bit of research I am considering trying different methods. Reducing stress, mediate / yoga, doing domething creative regularily, working out a lot more…. this may sound silly but right now it’s the only idea I have left. I know I’m having too much stress in my life and this might be a way to battle that.

    Anyways, this is probably only interesting for people who are like me,
    I just want to say I do reccommend theese specialised hospitals/ therapists because they to give a lot of intformation and you meet other people who are just like you and understand your situation. But just know that the healing process is probably a lot longer than that.

  51. With the school topic, it is extremely extremely difficult to get anything done. I have missed so many days of school because of my pain. I need help out of bed pretty much everyday because of my pain. It makes me frustrated but also it makes my teachers frustrated. It is hard to communicate with teachers because my brain gets foggy which makes teachers angry. It is a hard cycle to have when I’m in my senior year of high school and I actually had to leave my school last year because of my pain. It’s very frustrating and hard to get much done

  52. Thank you for this video. I've been suffering from chronic back pain and I feel my depression increasingly difficult to manage. It's such a scary and dark place to be in and this has really helped to calm myself down.

  53. I have chronic migraines and have sciatica and arm pains. I cannot get myself together most days lately. And the depression is getting bad

  54. I need a hip and back operation and on lots of meds I can’t even leave my bed little alone my house ,NHS cutbacks mean I need to suffer ….. now after 3 years I’m stuggling with mental health issues I cry everyday and feel like I’ve been left on the scrap heap at 44 years old

  55. i have been struggling with chronic back pain for 16 years. it got worse over the years. when i was 15 it started to seriosly affect my life. i developed a strong depression. i also developed some anxiety feelings: i fear pain, because sometimes it gets worse. because i went swimming, because i went out for a walk, because i had to stand for some time. i am not able to stand for more than half an hour, so i would never never ever be able to work in a shop where you have to stand nicely. sitting is also uncomfortable. studying means pain to me. concentrating is difficult. so i procrastinate. i am 23 now and i feel like a failure because studying is so hard. waking up is so hard, everything is painful. i went to a doctor today and i will get an operation in october. i just hope the pain will end. i am so scared of pain. i am a woman and i dont want to have kids just because i know my back would hurt tremendously. whenever i look for a job i have to make sure that my body would be able to bear it. i feel like someone with a disability that no one can see. i know that many people suffer from back pain but my pain is a little bit different from the "pain" of the others. it never goes away. it never fades. it will just get worse. one intervertebrvl disc broke, it spilled and reabsorbed so that two vertebrae are scratching each other. it is ok if you are 80. not if you are a young lady. the other doctors were shocked but did NOTHING to help me. i need an operation. i do not need physiotheraphy. now i just hope that i would feel less pain.

  56. I pulled my chest cavity muscle about 10 months ago and it formed health anxiety. Everything I do like eating, doing too much with my body it freaks me out. I hurt everyday in my chest and stomach and I feel like I am slowly dying. I'm 16 years old and my parents have control over what I do. I feel stuck in life.

  57. I could have believed this before I got my brachial plexus injury….but now even if I pretend not to be in pain I always I'm in pain LMAO… Life sucks, oh well..

  58. Took me two years to get the doctors to take action and give me an mri and turns out I have slipped discs the pain is so bad most days I wish I was dead

  59. I suffer from Transverse Myelitis as well as optic nerve inflammation/swelling for the last few months. Was partially paralyzed, pass out from headaches/pain, and can no longer do anything I used to enjoy. As a highschool student who is/was a straight A student and athlete, its been hard.

  60. I had symptoms that happened when I'm in distress situation which is loud and fast heart beat , sleepiness , fatigue, nightmares, visual problem ( finding stuff in plain sight ) and cold hand ( literally )

  61. Chronic pain = depression. I’m dealing with this right now. I was in a serious car accident that has lead me to depression, loneliness, isolation, irritation, and anger. I am a nurse and have a tough time focusing. I have a lawyer. I have a pain specialist. It’s financial very expensive. I have a therapist. It’s so stressful. 😔 I started a YouTube channel because of this…

  62. Hey Katie, I’ve had depression for a few years now and for a very long time my back muscle has been very, very sore. It mainly hurts regularly when I relax my back and breathe out it aches very badly. Does that specific type of pain happen specifically due to mental illness? Btw anyone can respond

  63. I was a dumbass and signed away my rights to have my pain adequately managed in settling a debt with a clinic,…go guess what happens when I’m hurting?

  64. I used to backpack across the country and hop freight trains, having the time of my life and then my dentist gave me trigeminal neuropathy. It’s excruciating. I live at my mom’s house now because of the constant pain. I hate my life

  65. I have a sore left ankle fracture which the docs cannot do anything about and a sore right big toe which will be getting surgery on but Im stuck in the house 24/7 because of this

  66. Im nothing, im empty, alone, stuck inside my own head. Only thing that makes me happy and comfortable is my father and when the day comes that he's no longer with me will be the worst day of my life and I don't think I will be able to live anymore after that :'(

  67. My pain has destroyed me and the saddest I'm alone because no one wants he hear about or wants me to talk about it so I have to bottle it up and just keep it to myself and just sit and feel like a freaking loser that cant escape this nightmarish hellish pain that I'm not aloud to talk about

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