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Human Studies

2020 Aug 04

Clin J Pain

Anxiety, Depression, and Opioid Misuse among Adults with Chronic Pain: The Role of Anxiety Sensitivity.


Rogers AH, Garey L, Bakhshaie J, Viana AG, Ditre JW, Zvolensky MJ
Clin J Pain. 2020 Aug 04.
PMID: 32769415.


The opioid epidemic is a significant public health problem largely driven by opioid prescriptions for chronic pain. Among those with chronic pain, anxiety and depressive symptoms have been linked to opioid misuse, and individual differences in anxiety and depressive symptoms among adults with chronic pain may be important for better understanding pain. Yet, little work has examined mechanisms that may link anxiety and depressive symptoms to opioid misuse among adults with chronic pain. Anxiety sensitivity, or the fear of anxiety-related physical sensations, may be one candidate construct that has been linked independently to anxiety and depressive symptoms as well as opioid misuse.