BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

With the new year right around the corner, it’s the time when resolutions are made. New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes, but for chronic pain sufferers, there are a few resolutions that could help you reduce your pain. Focusing on yourself and your overall health, including your emotional and mental health, is important to reducing your pain symptoms....

During cold weather, joint and other chronic pain can worsen. Whether you have arthritis or inflammation problems, cold weather can worsen your symptoms. There could be many reasons for increased pain during winter months, and it’s important to find ways to reduce your chronic pain during cold weather. Here are a few tips that could help you reduce chronic pain during cold weather...

The “winter blues” is a common phrase for mood changes during colder months; however, those blues are really a disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder. Those with chronic pain who may already be suffering from depression may be more likely to experience Seasonal Affective Disorder. ...

The holidays can be stressful. Between hosting family members, preparing holiday meals, cooking or even just grocery shopping during the holiday season, it’s easy to experience stress. Chronic pain can be worsened by stress, so it’s important to learn how to ease holiday stress. ...

For those with chronic pain, an important aspect of pain management is acknowledging not just the physical sensation of pain, but also the emotional, social and psychological toll it can take. Living with chronic pain can mean also living with anxiety, depression and social and relationship issues. That’s why it is important to focus on treating the whole person....

Stress affects everyone, but if you are living with chronic pain, you may find that stress can increase and worsen your pain symptoms. Because of this, it is necessary to find methods and techniques to help you cope with and manage your stress levels....

Chronic pain is a life-changing diagnosis. People experiencing chronic pain may have difficulty with daily activities, such as shopping, cooking or cleaning, depending on the severity of their pain. In addition to daily activities, chronic pain patients may not be able to perform other tasks that they once could—including work, social activity, and recreation....

There are many side effects to chronic pain beyond the physical pain associated with this diagnosis. But there is one side effect that is often overlooked – emotional pain....

Chronic pain is a life-changing diagnosis. It can affect a patient in all aspects of their life – including their relationships. Knowing what to say and how to help a chronic pain patient can be confusing. That’s why it is important to understand chronic pain so that you can support your loved ones through this diagnosis....