You may already know that chiropractors specialise in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal issues such as back pain. However, it’s crucial for you to understand the strong connection between chronic pain and your mental health. Extensive research has revealed that chronic pain and depression/anxiety are closely intertwined. If you develop chronic pain, you increase the risk of experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Moreover, living with chronic pain can intensify those feelings of depression and anxiety. It’s important to recognise the significance of taking a comprehensive approach to your healthcare. By collaborating with chiropractors, mental health professionals, and other healthcare providers, you can effectively address both the physical and emotional aspects of chronic pain and its related conditions.
Do not ignore your depression and anxiety
You heard that right. It’s $16 billion. When it comes to invisible illness such as chronic pain and mental health conditions, there’s a tendency for people to live with it rather than to get it treated. The misbelief is that by showing up for work or being there for our loved ones, instead of seeking treatment, we are playing our part or taking one for the team. Sure, it does feel that way sometimes. But for how long?
The best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones is to be healthy. This means adequate exercising and eating well. If you are unwell, the best thing you can do is to seek professional help and get the treatment you need.
The Financial Impact in Singapore
According to a recent study conducted by Duke-NUS Medical School and the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), individuals with symptoms of anxiety and depression in Singapore may be responsible for a financial burden of nearly $16 billion annually, equivalent to approximately 2.9 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. This cost stems from factors such as absenteeism, reduced productivity, and increased utilisation of healthcare resources.
Published in the peer-reviewed journal BMC Psychiatry, this study is the first to estimate the prevalence and quantify the financial impact of depression and anxiety symptoms among Singaporean adults since the pandemic. The researchers surveyed 5,725 Singaporeans aged 21 and above between April and June 2022, providing valuable insights into the topic.
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Frustrated by the lack of results-driven and ethical chiropractic clinics in Singapore, Chiropractor Jesse Cai found Square One Active Recovery to deliver meaningful and sustainable pain solutions.
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