Depression Ups Pain Sensitivity

The Times of India
4 Nov 2008

A new study by researchers at the University of California San Diego, La Jolla, has revealed that brains of individuals with major depressive
disorder appear to react more strongly when anticipating pain and also display altered functioning of the neural network that modifies pain sensitivity.

“Chronic pain and depression are common and often overlapping syndromes,” the authors said.

“Understanding the neurobiological basis of this relationship is important because the presence of comorbid pain contributes significantly to poorer outcomes and increased cost of treatment in major depressive disorder,” the authors added. More…