In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain Niklas Stabell, Trond Flægstad, Audun Stubhaug and Christopher S. Nielsen report from a pain-project in Tromsø in Northern Norway . They studied more than 1000 adolescents who were 15–17 years old . The focus in that study was on chronic abdominal pain (AP) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and their association with depression.1Chronic abdominal pain and depression are common in adolescentsThey report that recurrent (at least monthly) abdominal pain (AP) occurred in more than a quarter of adolescents whereas irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) occurred in almost 10%.Depression was twice as frequent in girls (16%) as in boys (7%). Depression occurred in 1 in 4 of those suffering from AP or IBS compared with less than 1 in 10 of the adolescents not having AP or IBS. Compared with pain-free adolescents, depression occurred 3–5 times more often in those with severe or widespread AP and in those who also had chronic pain in other parts of the body . These observations agree with similar findings in adult populations: chronic pain and depression often co-exist [2,3,4].2Diagnosing depression in chronic pain patientsPatients suffering from chronic pain may have some of the somatic symptoms
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Jul 1, 2014
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