In this issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Daniella Cha et al. have looked at the overlapping problems of depression, chronic pain and cognitive impairment in a unique way . As they state, these three entities are well-known to be comorbid. As they also state, there has been an interest in looking at the three problems as a single entity, thus defining a specific phenotype that should be thought of as a single problem and that therapy for this phenotype could be more effective than therapies for the separate components. Since it is well known that treating only depression with comorbid pain is extremely difficult and treating only chronic pain with comorbid depression is extremely difficult, there is some sense in the proposition that a treatment for this “triumvirate”as they term it, might be more effective.1Interactions of pain (VAS), depression (MADRAS), and perceived cognitive deficit tested with THINC-itCha et al. have chosen to look at the interrelationship of depression, chronic pain and cognitive deficits in a unique way. Part of the uniqueness is having a cohort of depressed subjects and also a cohort of “normal”subjects. The group recruited from a general population was as a normative standard to
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Apr 1, 2017
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