Coping with Chronic Pain Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy

What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is based on how your thoughts influence your feelings and behavior, not only your environment.  CBT is a psychotherapeutic approach that addresses negative emotions, maladaptive behaviors, and cognitive processing through goal-oriented repeatable processes.

If you are able to control and change the negative thoughts then you will be able to cope with life’s health challenges.  Once you feel better, you are able to manage anxiety, stress, and depression more effectively.  CBT helps focus on your thoughts and actions in a healthy way.  The negative thoughts causing you to feel bad can be automatic thoughts.

The Goal of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

When practicing CBT, you are able to replace the negative thoughts and adopt calming thoughts for your mind and body to cope with your pain.  The calming techniques include yoga, meditation, visualization, and progressive muscle relaxation.  CBT helps you change the way you think about your pain so your body and mind can better handle the episode.

Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral therapy

To better understand the practice of CBT, many recommend working with a counselor or therapist to reach your goals.  Once you have understood the therapy, you will be advised to practice the therapy on your own.  CBT influences your thoughts by not thinking of the pain instead focusing on the positive thoughts in your life.  The therapy allows you to have positive thoughts which influence your body.

Thinking and Depression

A study of 50 depressed and 31 non-depressed individuals concluded that thoughts and depression are linked by cognitive patterns.  Negative notions of personal characteristics, self worth, performance, or health are triggered which lead to depression.  As depression worsens, the patterns influence your cognitive process disrupting your daily lifestyle.  CBT can help change your ability to deal with your negative cognitive patterns that lead to depression.  For example, refrain from judging yourself, misconceptions, and biased assumptions.

Cognitive behavioral therapy can help control and change your negative thoughts so you are able to cope with your chronic pain.

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