We have all experienced some type of pain, whether physical and/or emotional. Most of us hope to avoid pain although it does serve a useful purpose. When you experience pain your brain signals you to stop doing whatever is causing the pain, preventing further harm to your body. Pain, however, is not meant to last for extended periods of time. Pain that has lasted 3 to 6 months is referred to as acute pain, which is the type most of us have experienced. Yet for some people, pain can be ongoing, lasting much longer and severely compromising daily functioning. This is called chronic pain. Focusing on when/if the pain will subside often leaves individuals feeling their quality of life is compromised and hopeless. Chronic pain is often associated with other health conditions including anxiety and depression. Chronic Pain therapy can help with how you think and manage your symptoms.
Living with daily pain is physically and emotionally exhausting. It can affect your ability to function at work and at home. It may become too difficult to continue participating in things you enjoy such as social events or hobbies. Chronic pain is known to change the levels of neurotransmitters in your brain and nervous system which has a direct effect on your mood, thinking and behavior. It is common to have sleep disturbances, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, poor appetite, and mood changes.
Pain is not often an observable phenomenon. It can be difficult to treat something that is completely individually defined with regard to intensity and experience. Several behavioral therapies have been documented and widely used to help with management of symptoms including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance Based therapies. In cognitive therapies, a person learns to notice the negative “automatic thoughts” that surround chronic pain. These are often distortions of reality and begin as fear based thoughts such as “this pain will never end” or obsessing on when it will start/increase; leaving many people to avoid much of their lives and focus on only the pain. Therapy can help change these thought patterns.
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