Can Psychotherapy Reduce Chronic Pain? (video)

How does Psychotherapy treat chronic pain? 

There is a link between pain and the brain.  Our thoughts, moods and behavior respond to chronic pain.  A person suffering from chronic pain is three times more likely to develop mood or anxiety disorders than someone who doesn’t suffer from chronic pain.  Also, a depressed person is three times as likely to develop chronic pain than someone not depressed.  Treatment for fibromyalgia should include treating the psychological effects of pain.

It’s been said when depression is treated, pain might fade.  When pain fades, depression is likely to go away.  Psychotherapy teaches how to lessen and control psychological distress associated with chronic pain, helps ease depression or anxiety and teaches stress management skills. Following psychotherapy treatment allows people with fibromyalgia more control over their lives and improves pain and mood.


This video was created by and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.