Chronic pain and brain injury - Depression

Feeling down and depressed is common when you have chronic pain and a brain injury. When you are feeling flat and overwhelmed by your pain, you may stop doing things you enjoy that give you a sense of meaning in your life. You might stop going out, catching up with friends and stay home all the time, which can make your mood and your pain even worse.

It is important to have a plan to breakdown your Depression brick.

Play the video to lean to use the tips and tools to Be Pain Smart.

Select the Next button to for the Depression tips and tools.

Noticing your thoughts

Try to catch your thoughts – often how you think about pain can make your pain worse

Learn more

Changing your thoughts

Be active – making a plan to get things done can help you to feel better

Learn more

Common unhelpful thoughts

It’s easy to stuck in old ways of thinking – even just being aware of this can help

Learn more

Managing my emotions

Feeling sad or down can make your pain worse – share how you are feeling with a health professional, family or friends

Learn more

Cycle of depression

Often making some small changes can help to build to big changes in how you feel over time

Learn more

Managing your thoughts

Changing the way you think about pain can make you feel better

Learn more

Click on Learn more for details