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Depression and Chronic Pain, Dentist Dr. Jacques Hébert, Longueil, Montreal, Canada

Depression is an increasingly common health problem, says Dr. Jacques Hébert. In this report, he explains the connection between depression and chronic pain.

Dr. Hébert points out that three of the most commonly prescribed medications in North America are antidepressants. There are several different types of depression, including secondary depression. This is a problem caused by a traumatic event, such as the death of a loved one. One of the causes of such depression can be chronic pain.

Dr. Hébert notes that pain is a messenger, telling the body that it has an injury. If the pain is acute, it will heal by itself or with treatment. If the pain is chronic—meaning it has lasted six months or more—the message the body receives is that something is wrong, but the message doesn’t say where the problem is located. Patients suffering from chronic pain may consult physicians and try all kinds of things to solve the problem. These efforts are usually unsuccessful. Such patients are often told that “the problem is in their head” because their physicians can’t find the pain.

Patients who reach that stage will likely develop secondary depression. Dr. Hébert says that he has treated many patients in this situation. Most of them were already taking antidepressant medications. Dr. Hébert has been successful in treating many of these patients. They regain their health and quality of life.

Dr. Jacques Hébert, of Centre Dentaire Fancelli near Montreal in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, graduated from Laval University in Quebec City in 1981, Dr. Jacques Hébert is a multidisciplinary residency at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal the following year. His areas of predilection are the joint treatment, cosmetic dentistry and implantology and laser treatments. Dr. Hébert is a graduate of the prestigious Institute for Advanced Dental Dawson Studies in Florida. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

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