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Major study confirms pain link with depression

Patients with chronic pain are four times more likely to suffer from major depression, results from an international study have shown.

The study, published in this month's Archives of General Psychiatry, interviewed 18,980 patients aged 15 to 100 from the UK and other European countries about mental disorders and painful physical conditions

Of the 4 per cent diagnosed with a major depressive disorder, 43 per cent also had a painful physical condition lasting at least six months ­ four times higher than those without major depressive disorder.

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