Understanding Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can have profound psychological effects, including feelings of hopelessness, anger, sadness and even despair. These feelings can interfere with an individual’s ability to perform their job or their normal activities. Pain tends to interrupt a person’s thoughts and actions and to dominate their attention. Individuals may become isolated as they feel that others do not understand their pain or have not appreciated their problem.
Effective Pain Management
Many people have insufficient or unhelpful information about what the pain is and/or perceive it as a serious threat. They may also be unable to cope with the pain. Psychological therapy can help individuals cope with the effects of the pain on themselves as well as on those around them. There are also specific psychological techniques that can actually help to reduce pain.
Pain Management may include the following psychological therapies:
- Individual and Group counselling
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Relaxation techniques
- Hypnosis and self-hypnosis
- Visual imaging
- Mindfulness techniques