Depression and Back Pain

Depression is almost a taboo topic. Almost everyone suffers from depression symptoms yet very few talk about it. Why you ask? Because its embarrassing and it may come off as a sign of weakness. At least that’s what most people think and feel.

My name is Dale Brunet I’ve suffered from depression and crippling back pain several times throughout my life and I beat them, you can too. I kept thinking suicidal thoughts I was sick and tired of feeling useless. It was my job, my friends, my losses, my family, my weight, my back pain and so many more reasons just kept pilling up. Some days I couldn’t even get out of bed.

I finally opened up to a friend who convinced me to seek medical aid. I ended up on a drug called prozac for almost two years and had to visit my psychologist every other week. This drug made me feel nothing, such a weird thing. No guilt, which caused me to act and spend recklessly. It really wasn’t good but it eventually helped so I cant really complain. I believe there are much better medications today.

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I slowly realized it was my perspective of life that kept me down. I eventually took control and refused to be depressed. It took many books to help me not only to see the positive in life but to embrace them too. Who knew it would be so hard. I always focused on the negatives around me and completely missed all the good or positives. I look back and learned few things mainly around the depression and back pain connections I’d made.

After a few bad back episodes I quickly learned it was easy to blame my back  for being depressed and unknowingly I turned it into a crutch. When I wasn’t suffering from back pain and felt depressed I would convince myself I was suffering from back pain thereby creating the symptoms. Its crazy I know that now, but at the time it worked. It allowed me to hide my depression from friends and family. I’m not saying this is the case for everyone.


Is there medical reasons for depression and back pain connections? Yes. I’m no doctor but really think about it for a sec. You have an accident that injures your back. Now you can’t move without a great deal of pain racing through your body. You can’t even go to the bathroom and properly clean yourself without help from someone… I’ve been there, its humiliating! slowly depression creeps up and starts to turn your life upside down. Back pain and depression OMG.

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If you’re suffering from back pain seek help. Back pain isn’t always caused by physical damage. There are tons of ways to relieve back pain using medication, acupuncture, massages, aroma therapy, lotions, exercises, stretches and devices specially designed to provide quick back pain relief. Ask around and remember many people won’t openly just tell you they suffer or have suffered from back pain. You have to ask, don’t be shy you’re human it happens.

If your back pain is causing depression or if you feel sad, empty or hopeless. If you get angry a lot, irritated or frustrated often even over the little things. If you find yourself losing interest in normally pleasurable things like hobbies, sports or even sex, there’s a real good chance your suffering from depression. Ask for help please and know you’re not alone.


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12 thoughts on “Depression and Back Pain

  1. Interesting article on depression and back pain, of course anytime someone is experiencing chronic pain they most often eventually may become depressed.

    In your opinion is this how depression and back pain is connected, many physicians inform people their pain is from depression but I think it is the other way around so what do you think?

  2. The few times I had back pain it was awful.My heart goes out to those who have to endure back pain daily it is worse than an earache or a toothache because it takes your mobility away. How could you not become depressed?

    • That is so true. I’ve had my back go out three times and it was the most humbling experience ever. I wish it o no one.
      Thank you.

  3. hi Dale, thanks for this. It’s very informative. I am glad that I was also introduced to several medical terms too. I had to supplement it by “googling” some terms so I can understand in-depth. I almost became a doctor, it’s one of my career choices years back, so reading this excites me. I totally agree with the correlation that you shared. Thanks for this =)

  4. I have this condition where I have minor disc protrusion in two places along my spine. These cause me to have neck and back pain due to the muscles spasms, especially when I get too tired or too tensed up. At times they can get so bad until I feel so down & depressed.

    I find resting more and resting early help to mitigate my situation. Weekly massages help tremendously as well.

  5. Dale,
    First of all, your presentation is beautiful. Second of all, I had no idea about any of the connections within this topic. I am so glad to have met you and be able to start reading this information. Thank you so much for sharing and best wishes and blessings to you and yours.

    Warmest Regards,

    Loni Hall

    • Thank you so much for those kind words. I just like making a difference and helping others. This site helps people like myself find relief from back pain. Its such a pleasure to research new techniques.

  6. You sure know your stuff! I have a family member that has had at least 3 back operations and none of them seem to help. I’ve wondered if it was a psychological issue and after reading your article, I think that may be the case. It’s so difficult to approach mental health issues with someone, but I will forward your article. Thanks so much.

  7. Linda,

    I’m sorry to hear of the struggles onw of your family members is having and I wish them the relief they desire.

    If my experience or research can ever be of any help let me know.

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