While emotions can affect people of all ages, older adults are particularly susceptible as their bodies begin to exhibit the signs of normal wear and tear after decades of use. And because seniors are also at risk of being over-medicated for physical pain by doctors who do not assess its emotional components, I’ll be focusing on that topic during the next several months.
Mind over matter, mind and body connection, and the power of the mind are all related to very real confirmed scientific experiments, which show that the neurochemistry of the brain is influenced by what we believe.
In a previous post I shared five of the most surprising lessons I’ve learned about chronic pain from treating patients. I now want to expand on the first two: that all pain is real, and that emotions drive the experience of pain. These two points are inextricably linked, and I want to clear up some common misconceptions about the connection between the two.