Our expert says:
OK, wise to recognize that you are depressed --- see a shrink ( ideally ) or a GP to check the diagnosis and discuss treatmnent options. Depression is a brilliant amplifier of pain from any cause, and treating depression reduces or removes many pains. Medication and also CBT counselling is excellent for treating depression, and help you learn to relax ( CBT is especially good at that ). YOu don't mention what pills you've been taking, but in SA too many "pain pills" sold freelly over the counter, contain quite strong sedatives as well, which may help to relax you, but can easily become habit-forming, getting you hooked, and also blunt your performance including driving skills. Their impact can be very like being drunk
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