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Depression can cause physical pain

“I’m not just depressed,” Barbara told her doctor. “I’m also having headaches, muscle pain and stomach aches. I hurt all over.”

Depression and pain often occur together.

Many people who are suffering from depression and experiencing physical pain, don’t know the two may be connected, so they don’t discuss their physical symptoms with their doctor.

In some cases, treating your depression — with therapy or medicine or both — will resolve your physical symptoms. Certain antidepressants, such as Cymbalta® and Effexor®, have been found to be more effective for treating the combination of depression symptoms and pain than SSRIs.

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