Chronic pain can have profound psychological effects, including feelings of hopelessness, anger, sadness and even despair. These feelings can interfere with an individual’s ability to perform their job or their normal activities.
Pain tends to interrupt a person’s thoughts and actions and to dominate their attention. Individuals may become isolated as they feel that others do not understand their pain or have not appreciated their problem.
Psychological therapy can help individuals cope with the effects of the pain on themselves as well as on those around them.
There are also specific psychological techniques that can help to reduce pain.