Chronic Pain and Suicide
I had a rough patch a little while ago. I didn’t know how to deal with it. My doctor put me in touch with a support service. I called and it did me good. I’ll definitely call again if there’s a next time.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential bodily tissue damage (organs, nerves, muscles, etc.). Pain is considered chronic when it lasts more than three months.
There are two types of chronic pain: constant pain and pain that comes and goes.
What causes chronic pain?
Chronic pain can have all sorts of different causes, including:
- Physical injuries
- Generalized pain syndromes (fibromyalgia or myofascial pain)
- Back pain and arthritis
- Nerve damage (neuropathic pain)
- Inflammatory bowel disease
What exacerbates chronic pain?
Various factors can make chronic pain worse, including:
- Stress and anxiety
- Negative past experiences with pain (with regard to self or others)
- Negative thoughts or emotions about pain
What are the effects of chronic pain?
Chronic pain can cause a variety of problems or make existing ones worse, including:
- Sleep problems
- Mood swings
- Suicidal thoughts
Do you have chronic pain and suicidal thoughts?
People suffering from chronic pain may have suicidal thoughts. If this is the case for you, consult the following sections:
01 Taking stock of your mental health
The first step toward taking back control is identifying what’s causing your suicidal thoughts.
02 Taking care of yourself
There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself and regain your balance when you’re having suicidal thoughts.
03 Talking about it with your loved ones
Asking for help from your family and friends isn’t always easy. There are different ways of going about it.
04 Finding support services
Every day, all sorts of people contact support services to get the help they need.
What to do if you're living with chronic pain
It’s possible to live well with chronic pain. If pain is affecting your psychological well-being, first call Info-Social at 811, option 2, to discuss your situation with a psychosocial worker and be referred, if necessary, to resources in your area that can provide support.
For an assessment and follow-up with a healthcare professional, consult a general practitioner (your family doctor, for example), a psychologist or contact your local CLSC.
Other resources can help people suffering from chronic pain.
Advice for people suffering from chronic pain
What I'm going through...
- Alcohol or drug addiction
- Anxiety disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Chronic Pain
- Eating disorders
- Financial problems
- Gambling addiction
- Grief and loss
- Internet addiction
- Interpersonal problems
- Legal problems
- Loneliness and isolation
- Loss of autonomy
- Panic attacks
- Postpartum depression
- Posttraumatic stress