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 Therapy (CBT) can help, and much more than you might think. Leslie Coggin lost her job, husband, and friends after an injury lead to a condition known as, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. CBT made her face some hard truths about the pain, but it also re-engaged her in a life that she had lost, and made her feel much better. Dr. Dan Doleys, pain psychologist and Director of the Doleys Pain and Rehabilitation Institute describes CBT, the research supporting it, and how it can make a meaningful difference in our lives.