Psychological Therapies

Psychological treatments for pain

Chronic pain can often take over a person’s life and interfere with going to school or work, doing physical activity, sleep, your mood and your interest in or ability to spend time with friends and loved ones.

Psychological treatments can help you manage the impact of pain on your life and increase your everyday level of activity by changing how you respond to pain. In short, they target the thinking, behaving and feeling parts of pain and can help you take back control of your life.

You may recall that psychological treatments are a vital component of the 3P approach. You can use them at home, school and at work to get your life back to as close to normal as possible, a key goal for any chronic (long-term) illness, including chronic pain.

In this section, you will:

  • learn how psychological treatments can help you manage your pain

  • learn about different types of psychological therapies

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