By Pat Anson, Editor
Women who suffer from chronic pain are far more likely to feel depressed than men, according to several new studies presented at the Congress of the European Pain Federation in Florence, Italy. One reason for the difference might be the coping strategies each sex uses to control their emotions.
In a small study at Ruhr University in Germany, researchers followed 177 patients with lower back pain. Participants were asked to fill out questionnaires to determine their levels of stress and depression, as well as their readiness to suppress negative thoughts.
Women in general showed depression more frequently, as did both genders showing high levels of stress. Particularly high depression scores were found in women with high stress and a stronger tendency toward thought suppression. No such correlation was found in men.
“We detected a strong correlation between the suppression of negative thoughts or feelings, stress and the extent of depressions in patients suffering from chronic back pain,” said Professor Monika Hasenbring of Ruhr University.
Read more at National Pain Report.
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