Break the Pain and Depression Cycle of TMJ
Chronic pain conditions commonly lead to depression. Perhaps 85% of people with chronic pain experience depression symptoms. This is partly an impact of their uncurable chronic pain. People develop depression because they feel trapped and restricted by their pain. However, depression also develops directly from the pain. There are biochemical connections that link pain directly to depression symptoms.
To successfully treat TMJ and depression, it’s important to work on the physical and psychological aspects of TMJ. A team approach to TMJ treatment can yield better results.
Recommended treatments for TMJ include both physical and psychological approaches. At the Michigan Head and Neck Institute, our Detroit TMJ dentists offer leading-edge approaches to TMJ treatment, starting with precise diagnosis.
A precise diagnosis includes discussing your medical history, an in-person exam, and medical imaging such as x-ray, ultrasounds, CT scans, and more. Once we determine the type and extent of your TMJ, we will recommend TMJ treatments such as a mouthguard, physical therapy, and trigger point injections. However, we also believe that behavioral therapy can yield great results for people with TMJ.
In particular, behavioral therapy can help you overcome the behaviors that cause stress to increase your TMJ pain, such as teeth clenching and grinding. These vital steps can break the pain and depression cycle. You will learn how to avoid turning stress into pain. With less pain, your depression can improve.
However, in some cases, we might also refer you to a mental health professional to help you address depression more directly.