Types of Therapy to Ease Anxiety From Pain

For those suffering from chronic pain, the search for effective treatment is ever ongoing. Currently, there are several types of therapy that have proven moderately to highly effective at reducing the impact of diseases related to chronic pain.

• Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Focused on changing thinking and behavior patterns, this type of therapy has proven very effective in recent trials. It provides patients a sense of control over their own treatment and the disease.

• Exposure Therapy: This is technically an extension of CBT, but aims to specifically reduce fear and anxiety associated with the pain-related conditions.

• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): This is another form of therapy that aims to address the way that a person reacts to pain, fatigue, and other related symptoms, so he or she can avoid unwanted thoughts and cope with times of difficulty.

• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): As part of chronic pain and illness, many individuals suffer on an interpersonal level. This type of therapy aims to address those issues through the use of group and individual therapy.

• Interpersonal Therapy (IPT): Again, this therapy aims to reduce the feelings and symptoms of depression, making it easier for patients to interact with others and live a fulfilling life.

• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Particular eye movements have been shown to affect the way a person feels and experiences pain and emotional strain. This therapy helps people control those movements.

For more information on these therapies, keep reading at ADAA.org. To learn how these therapies along with other treatments may be part of a multidisciplinary approach to pain management for you, give us a call.

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