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Pain & Chronic Illnes=Depression & Anxiety
There is no doubt that where there is pain, a chronic disease, or an injury, there will be emotional issues arise that are inevitable. After an injury or diagnosis of a health problem or crisis, it is likely there will be collateral emotional/mental health issues arise. Be on the lookout for getting depressed, feeling anxious about further treatment and fear of the what might happen to you or your life. It is pretty common to go through a grief process of denial, bargaining, depression and anger before arriving at a place of acceptance. This process can take years depending on the severity of the illness, pain, type of surgery, rehabilitation needed and support system in place. As you can see by this graphic, the prevalence of health and mental health problems in the U.S. is quite extensive. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), can help you manage your symptoms, pain, stress and fear. Mindfulness, relaxation, mental imagery, biofeedback, hypnosis and meditation are tools and techniques that can be taught to help give you relief or comfort. There is no need to suffer in silence or tolerate pain and fear because there is help and remedies that can provide relief. Be prepared to Coordinate you medical treatment with psychological help. This link will describe mindfulness and the benefits. There are programs, classes available online and well as in hospitals and with mental health Mindfulness Study. Inquire around to find therapist who specialize in working with physical and psychological issues. These tools help you take control of your life and release you from fear, anxiety and depression.