Changing Thinking/Changing Behavior

Most health care professionals working with people suffering from chronic pain know that helping the person become aware that their pain condition is a chronic one, and to accept that fact, is a key part of the process of restoring function.  It is a difficult thing to do for many of our clients because it naturally involves feelings of sadness and fears about moving forward into uncharted territory.   One client insisted she disliked using the word “acceptance”, because to her it felt like “giving up”.  I recall replying, “I can understand not wanting to forgo hope of a cure, so long as you don’t spend the rest of your life waiting around for one.  That is just too painful!”

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