Coping With Chronic Pain

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Chronic pain can result from an injury, or it can be a part of chronic pain syndrome, or CPS. Find out how chronic pain can become the central focus of a person's life with help from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on psychology and mental health.

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Hi my name is John Bosworth. I'm a licensed mental health counselor in St. Pete, Florida. I'd like to talk a little bit about how to cope with chronic pain. Chronic paid I like to look at chronic pain as there's two separate areas. There's chronic pain, somebody that has some type of injury or dealing with some type of pain syndrome. And then I break it down to, is it just chronic pain, or is it chronic pain syndrome, or what I call CPS. And there's a big difference. Chronic pain can be somebody such as a, let's say somebody that's over in Afghanistan, or an Iraq vet, or a Gulf War Vet. They come back with some type of injury, there's pain related to it, and they do pretty well with it. They might take some medication, they might learn relaxation or biofeedback techniques, but anyway, they deal with the pain however they have to. They continue with their lives, they're functioning properly and they're back integrated back into society. Or, staying in the military and continue their, you know their tour or whatever in the military. The chronic pain syndrome happens when somebody gets injured or there's some type of trauma, and now all of the sudden the chronic pain becomes the central focus of their life and they're actually on this downward spiral. Everything becomes about making sure they don't hurt or that their pain is relieved. A lot of doctors office visits, a lot of medications, anyway the chronic pain becomes a way of life instead of just something to tolerate or deal with. The best way to cope with chronic pain is that first instance. You recognize that yeah you're hurting, but there's some other things that you can do and some, some treatment suggestions may be counseling if you're really starting to have a lot of depression or anxiety related to the pain. And that can include basically cognitive behavioral techniques where you learn some relaxation, learn to restructure some of the ideas you have that are actually causing the suffering around the pain. That's probably the biggest component of treating chronic pain. My name is John Bosworth and I'm speaking about some of the ways of coping with chronic pain.

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