Chronic pain is defined as any pain that persists over the long-term, from weeks to months to even years. It can vary in intensity (minor to excruciating), in frequency (continuous or intermittent), in type (acute or diffuse) and in terms of how disruptive it is to the individual’s life (inconvenient to debilitating). The pain may limit one’s ability to work, and may result in withdrawal from one’s social and familial life.
People who have chronic pain often experience disruptions in their sleeping patterns, and many suffer from a weakened immune system and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. While some forms of chronic pain can be managed through medication alone, in many cases the pain persists or the individual develops a tolerance or dependence on the medication that causes further problems. Since pain is perceived by the brain, how one thinks about and reacts to pain can have a major effect on both the experience of pain and the ability to cope with it.
At The Clinic on Dupont, our clinicians use cognitive-behavioural therapy, an evidence-based form of pain management that can be used safely and in conjunction with other treatments to effectively control pain and to improve daily functioning.
Are you looking for help with pain management? Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) professionals are here for you. Call us at (416) 515-2649 to speak with one of our psychologists.