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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-53

Chronic pain, substance abuse and depression: Unfolding the common linkage

1 Department of Psychiatry, Subharti Medical College and Hospital, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Subharti Medical College and Hospital, Dehradun, Uttrakhand, India

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Dr. Kaveri Saxena
28, Dev Nagar Mission Compound, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh 250001
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijpn.ijpn_78_17

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The population bears a huge psychological, social and financial burden due to chronic pain and with its comorbidities it further adds to this burden. There are high rates of co-occurrence of depression and substance abuse, which are often overlooked. Therefore, patients presenting with pain or depression or substance abuse or a combination of these need to be evaluated thoroughly for the presence of the others. We report a case of a patient with primary complaints of pain and depressive symptoms with opioid and benzodiazepine abuse for over 16-18 years and discuss the neurobiological linkage between the three comorbid conditions.

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