Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and its Surprising Solutions, Part II

How often have you said to yourself, “This pain will never go away, or life as I knew it, is over”? These thoughts are common for those living with pain. What you may be surprised to know is that these persistent negative beliefs and images can both maintain and amplify the pain experience. Cognitive Behavioral …

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and its Surprising Solutions, Part I

How often have you said to yourself, “This pain will never go away, or life as I knew it, is over”? These thoughts are common for those living with pain. What you may be surprised to know is that these persistent negative beliefs and images can both maintain and amplify the pain experience. Cognitive Behavioral …

Not in My Head

Have you ever fractured one of your bones? Sprained your ankle? For some, the pain in the arm or leg doesn’t go away, and begins to feel like an intense sunburn that human touch and even wind can make unbearable. Nicole Hemmenway, author of No, It Is NOT In My Head, shares a harrowing story …

Torture

The Pain of Torture, Part II

The very word “Torture” conveys the stark reality of pain – pain inflicted intentionally upon another human being. We’ll hear the harrowing experiences of author Marina Nemat who endured painful foot lashings, a broken wrist, and narrowly escaped a death sentence while she was imprisoned in Iran. Dr. RaminAsgary founded and directed the Human Rights Program at the Mt. Sinai …

The Pain of Racism Part I

In America, racial discrimination was the force behind slavery and segregation among the states. Research tells us that still today we may respond more dramatically to seeing white people in pain than we do black people. We’re joined today by Faith Ringgold, an award winning African American artist, author, anti-racism activist and feminist movement advocate to …

Racism

The Pain of Racism, Part II

Racism is painful. It hurts our identity, suppresses our talents, and can lead to injury. In America, racial discrimination was the force behind slavery and segregation among the states. How about racial disparities in understanding and treating pain? Science tells us that we don’t respond to the pain of others equally. We’re joined once again …

The Pain of Torture Part I

The very word “Torture” conveys the stark reality of pain – pain inflicted intentionally upon another human being. We’ll hear the harrowing experiences of author Marina Nemat who endured painful foot lashings, a broken wrist, and narrowly escaped a death sentence while she was imprisoned in Iran. Dr. Ramin Asgary founded and directed the Human …

Emotional Pain

It seems surprising, but pain caused by emotional distress can be felt more deeply and for a longer period of time than pain caused by physical injuries. On today’s show, we’ll talk to Julie Hersh, author of Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope. Julie shares her journey from the depths of painful depression and three suicide …

The Sleep/Pain Connection

Almost 70% of those suffering from pain complain of sleep problems and the relationship is reciprocal: pain often disrupts sleep, and poor sleep can worsen pain. Dr. William Kohler may have had just the right medicine. He was the Medical Director of the Florida Sleep Institute in Spring Hill, Florida.  With over 44 years of …