Chronic Pain Essential Reads

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Overdosed America

How did the U.S. become a nation involved in a prescription opioid epidemic?

What Happens When Partners Fight Chronic Pain Together?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
When one partner battles chronic pain, both partners suffer. A new treatment program offers hope—and lessons that can strengthen any relationship.
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Six Reasons Why Individuals Choose Suicide

By Dr. Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC on February 10, 2017 in A New Beginning
Have you been affected by a suicide this year?

Running May Actually Be Good for Your Knees, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on December 09, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Contrary to popular belief, running may actually decrease inflammation in the knee joint and protect against degeneration linked to osteoarthritis.

"I Feel Your Pain" (Literally)

In 1992, Bill Clinton said to a protester at a campaign rally, "I feel your pain." New research indicates that the now famous expression might not just be a figure of speech.

Middle America and the Opioid Addiction Epidemic

The opioid addiction epidemic is raging through middle America, and its families.

What I Wouldn’t Change If My Health Were Restored Tomorrow

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on September 19, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
I’ve lived with chronic pain and illness for over 15 years. This is the first of two pieces on the subject of what I would and what I would not change should I regain my health.

"Cloudy with a Chance of Pain" Embodies Citizen Science

By Christopher Bergland on September 07, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A groundbreaking initiative in the UK is using smartphone technology and citizen science to identify whether damp and gray weather really does cause stiffness in your joints

A Nation in Pain

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
With alarming rates of chronic pain and opioid-related deaths in the US, how can we more effectively treat chronic pain?

Auto Accidents and Brain Trauma

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in The New Normal
What happens to your brain in a car accident?

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Dramatically Reduces Inflammation

There is growing evidence that stimulating the vagus nerve can improve well-being in many ways—including the reduction of chronic inflammation.

Who Needs a Hug? We All Do!

Whether it’s a big old bear hug, a pat on the back, or a hand on your shoulder, physical touch leads to physical healing.

Explaining the Unexplainable: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Millions suffer from chronic fatigue and medical approaches have not been uniformly successful in explaining or treating it. But there is hope if you know where to look!

How Many Deaths Will It Take? Prince Is Just the Latest

The news stories say Prince died of an overdose but it was not just of opiates: his death came from our collective overdose on the medicalization of chronic pain.

15 Tips from 15 Years Sick

There’s been one constant in my life since I began writing for Psychology Today five years ago: chronic illness. Because 10 + 5 = 15, it’s time for “15 Tips from 15 Years Sick.”

When You’re Chronically Ill: “Giving Up” Versus “Giving In”

Giving up can make you feel like a failure, as if you’re mentally weak and undisciplined By contrast, giving in is a type of surrender. I think of it as sweet surrender.

After 5 Years of Writing for Psychology Today: My Favorites

This month marks my five-year anniversary of writing for Psychology Today online. It’s hard for me to believe, but this is my 184th piece, Here are my ten personal favorites.

Tips for Parenting a Child With Chronic Pain

By Rachael Coakley Ph.D. on March 23, 2016 in When Your Child Hurts
Parents who help too much may delay a child's recovery from chronic pain. Find out why.

Oscar Winners About the Physically and Mentally Disabled

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on February 21, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
This is not an exhaustive list. (I haven’t seen every Oscar-winning film!) That said, here are descriptions of twelve films that moved me deeply, from newest to oldest.

Comparing Pain, Cognitive, and Salience Accounts of dACC

By Matthew D. Lieberman Ph.D. on December 10, 2015 in Social Brain, Social Mind
Is the dACC for pain processes or cognition? The debate continues.

Generic Drugs Live Down to Expectations

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on October 20, 2015 in Minding the Body
Generic drugs are the omega dogs of the pharmaceutical world. They don’t get much respect, and that could lead to reduced effectiveness and increased side effects.
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How Detachment from Childhood Begets Adolescent Boredom

Just because early adolescent boredom is common, doesn't make it okay. Parents need to keep a mindful eye on how long it lasts, how the young person is coping with it, and what they might do to help.

Top Ten Health Tips That Have Never Worked for Me

Ever since a seemingly acute viral infection in 2001 turned into a chronic illness, I’ve received dozens and dozens of tips on how to regain my health.
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The Pain Mess

The treatment of chronic pain is a public health disaster

All Pain Is Real

By Mel Pohl M.D., FASAM on June 10, 2015 in A Day Without Pain
Finding creative and innovative ways to approach the problem of chronic pain.

Denial Only Makes Chronic Pain and Illness Worse

It’s better to live within the limits of what I can reasonably do than to pretend things are as I wish they would be.

How Does Yoga Relieve Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain triggers changes in brain structure that are linked to depression, anxiety, and impaired cognitive function. New research shows that yoga can have the opposite effect on the brain as chronic pain.

Redditor to Redditor

Young men are finding new ways to reach out to each other and older generations for advice and mentorship.

Pain Is a Message: How Our Brains Try to Protect Us

All pain is a function of the brain, meaning that it is produced by the brain. Either a physical injury or an emotional problem can activate pain. It's up to us to figure out the message that our brains are sending us.

Mindfulness for Chronic Pain

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on February 20, 2015 in In One Lifespan
There is a strong emerging body of evidence for the effectiveness of mindfulness- and acceptance-based approaches for a range of difficulties, including chronic pain. We tried to take mindfulness for chonic pain online. We called our programme Mindfulness in Action (MIA). The results of our MIA trial were interesting.