26 Mar Behavioral Health Care for Chronic Pain
For those with chronic pain, it is important to acknowledge more than the physical sensation of pain. Chronic pain can also take an emotional, social and psychological toll. Living with chronic pain can also mean living with anxiety, depression and social and relationship issues. That’s why it is important to focus on treating the whole person. An important aspect of overall health is behavioral health care.
Why see a behavioral health specialist?
It is important to remember that a referral to a behavioral health specialist does not mean your doctor does not believe your pain is real. Chronic pain comes with many symptoms, but not all of them are physical. Emotional, social and psychological pain are very real, too. It is estimated that almost 44 million Americans suffer from some type of mental illness, such as depression. But, the vast majority – almost 60% – don’t seek treatment because of the stigma.
Psychiatrists and other behavioral health providers specialize in treating the whole person. Then, by learning to cope with the non-physical symptoms of pain, patients learn to help manage all aspects of their chronic pain diagnosis.
What can a behavioral health specialist do for me?
A behavioral health specialist helps patients cope with stress and the emotional and social symptoms of pain. Working with patients, behavioral health specialists teach ways of calming the nervous system, goal setting and adjusting to a new lifestyle. They also help manage other diagnoses, such as anxiety and depression that are common in pain patients.
A different approach to pain
At The Pain Management Group, we take a different approach to the treatment of chronic pain. We are committed to providing holistic, individualized care. Because of this, we vow to treat each patient with compassion and respect, never turning anyone away. Our fellowship-trained pain specialists utilize a combination of interventional procedures, medication management, behavioral health therapies and dietary services to tailor a personalized care plan for the patient’s long-term pain relief.
If you or a loved one are suffering from chronic pain, please visit thepainmanagementgroup.com for more information.