Patients With Chronic Pain Are Twice as Likely to Attempt Suicide

Patients With Chronic Pain Are Twice as Likely to Attempt Suicide

http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com/chronic-pain/suicide-attempts-in-chronic-pain/article/697827/

LAS VEGAS — Patients with chronic pain are vulnerable to depression and may present with higher risk for suicide, according to findings from a literature review presented at PAINWeek 2017.1 Integration of mental health assessment during the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain may be clinically important for reducing risk in this patient population.

In 2014, suicide ranked as the 10th most frequent cause of death.2 Patients with chronic pain are twice as likely to attempt suicide compared with those without chronic pain, an action generally caused by a myriad of associated psychological, physical, and social factors.3 A questionnaire survey of 1512 patients with chronic pain found that 32% reported suicide ideation in some degree.4 

 According to findings from a PubMed database search for the terms “chronic pain + suicide,” Drs Joseph Pergolizzi, Jr, et al found that chronic (but not acute) pain may share neural networks with depression. According to the investigators, “This shared neurobiology may explain why cognitive behavioral interventions can be effective in chronic pain patients.” 

Chronic pain affects cognition and behavior and may ultimately lead to social isolation, contributing to depression.5 Risk factors and predisposing factors associated with suicidal risk in patients with chronic pain include biochemical and neurochemical influences, genetics, psychosocial events, and environment, according to the researchers’ findings. 

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  1. They commit suocide for 1 reason. They were treated for a long time with opioid medication and then it was taken away because junkies became more important the wounded vets, people that worked foe 40 yrs then thier body gave out or botched surgeries or just a disability that causes extreme pain.
    JUST LOOK AT THE #S. HOW MANY COMMITED SUICIDE POST CDC INHUMANE GUIDELINES VS. PRE CDC TORTUROUS INHUMANE GUIDELINES

    THE NUMBER ROSE DRASTICALLY ONCE GOOD PEOPLE THAT TOOKTHIER MEDICATION AS DIRECTED,PASSED HUMILIATING PEE TESTS AND NEVER ABUSED THE MEDICINE. NOMATTER HOW HIGH THE DOSE WAS. IF THEY WERE ON HIFH DOSE LIKEME AND CUT BACK UPTO 90% THE PAIN.LEVEL ROSE DRASTICALLY
    DUH TO ANYONE WITH COMMON SENCE.
    I AM ONE OF THEM BEDRIDDEN AGAIN WITHOUTANY WILL TO LIVE

  2. Since it won’t let me comment there ,,,another lie,,,by liars,,,,,,,The number 1 reason people w/painful chronic medical illness choose death,,,is to stop the physical pain,when their MEDICINE has been denied access too,,,Not a ,”myriad,”of other excuses’,,,that’s a lie,,,,,Oh who wrote this??a shrink???jmo,,,again,,if our physical pain is lessen’d effectively,,,there is no need for any shrionks is there???!!!maryw

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