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By Psych Central News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on June 9, 2010

When it comes to pain, the two competing schools of thought are that it’s either “all in your head” or “all in your body.” A new study led by University of Oxford researchers indicates that, instead, pain is an amalgam of the two.

Depression and pain often co-occur, but the underlying mechanistic reasons for this have largely been unknown. To examine the interaction between depression and pain, Dr. Chantal Berna and colleagues used brain imaging to see how healthy volunteers responded to pain while feeling low.

Their findings revealed that inducing depressed mood disrupted a portion of the participants’ neurocircuitry that regulates emotion, causing an enhanced perception of pain. In other words, as explained by Dr. Berna, “when the healthy people were made sad by negative thoughts and depressing music, we found that their brains processed pain more emotionally, which led to them finding the pain more unpleasant.”

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/06/09/pain-depression-linked/14411.html



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