As a Chiropractor, patients would walk in typically with neck pain, back pain, headaches, herniated disc etc. They would also walk in with depression and anxiety. This was not usually "seen" in the first visit. It came out in conversation after a few visits and patients would get comfortable with speaking with me about what was going on. Often times these patients also were suffering with chronic pain either in the neck or the back. Pain that was constantly there but just would not go away.
According to a Columbia university study that was published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, adults with two or more chronic diseases had an increased risk for a mood or anxiety disorder.
For this study, 5000 adults who were suffering with anxiety and depression were asked about their health problems. Among those participants with a mood disorder: 50% of them reported chronic pain; 33% reported respiratory diseases; 10% reported heart disease; 9% reported arthritis and 7% reported diabetes.
Often times, pain can be an attributing factor to other things occuring in the body and health professionals need to take this into account when treating patients.
Source: Health Day News, July 2017