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How can psychology help a person with chronic pain?
As no one can see pain, people who experience chronic pain often feel alone in their suffering. Some find that the legitimacy of their experience is questioned. Given the impact pain can have on one’s overall level of functioning, on one’s quality of life and on fulfilling one’s personal expectations and role functions, it is not surprising that a large number of individuals who experience chronic pain also go on to experience significant levels of anxiety and depression over the course of time. Heightened states of tension and of irritability, a lowering of mood, a loss in meaningful engagement in life, changes in self-esteem, a sense of helplessness in affecting a change to their circumstances and a sense of hopelessness with respect to things changing in the future are not uncommon developments.
Managing pain becomes even more challenging when pain is a result of an accident or an incident (i.e., a motor vehicle accident or an assault) in which the individual experienced some trauma. In these cases, pain is an on-going reminder of the trauma, and contributes to the complexity of the problem.
Research findings indicate that psychological techniques and intervention strategies have been proven to help individuals with chronic pain to feel more in control of their emotions, to feel less anxious and depressed, to become more meaningfully engaged in life activities, and to improve their quality of life While they continue to experience pain, their discomfort becomes more manageable.
Rehabilitation assessment and treatment services include:
- Assessment and therapy services for individuals with chronic pain problems, emotional coping difficulties, or physical disabilities.
- General personality assessment to identify the client’s reactions to traumatic events.
- Psychotherapy for feelings of helplessness, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression arising out of traumatic events, and for chronic pain following injury.
- Assessment of emotional coping difficulties or psychological disorders which affect an individual's ability to function personally or professionally.
Meet Our Team
Our assessment and therapy services are conducted by an experienced team of clinicians who work collaboratively with the client to address mental health challenges through evidence-based interventions. This may include, but are not limited to, such therapeutic approaches as cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, or mindfulness-based techniques.