Chronic pain presents itself physically and is managed with medication. But after constantly dealing with chronic pain psychological issues take root. Patients must meticulously plan what they can do in a day, often leaving them feeling like they are missing out on a normal life.
- Migraines or headaches
- Back pain
- Joint pain
Living with Pain
Chronic pain interferes with a patient’s daily life and builds up excess stress as they worry about their condition, adding to their anxiety level. Over time, a patient’s mood can hit bottom, causing them to experience mood effects like depression. Self-defeating attitudes and negative self-talk deepen this depression. Reaching out to a psychologist for help dealing with chronic pain can also be difficult because some patients assume this means their doctors believe the pain is “in their head.” Patients lose their sense of self-efficacy as they require assistance to do even basic tasks.
After medication is being taken to physically manage pain it can be beneficial to talk with a therapist. Chronic pain affects all aspects of a patient’s life. Discussing the emotional toll that medication does not relieve is helpful for all patients. Lifestyle adjustments and coping mechanisms can be discussed, as well as tools and skills for thriving.
We Can Help
Open Path’s therapists offer beneficial services that encourage insight, self-reflection, and healthy coping mechanisms. Our therapists furnish a supportive environment, providing healthy outlooks and understanding.
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