Anger, Pain & Relationships


Living with chronic pain can be very frustrating. Not surprisingly, people with chronic pain tend to report greater levels of anger than those without pain. Expressions of anger differ, with some people being more likely to suppress and hide it, turning it inward on themselves, and others turning it outward, letting it explode.  Still others struggle to be someplace … Read more

Helping Family Cope with Your Pain

Your family lives with your pain too. Although they can’t feel what you feel, they suffer from knowing that you suffer. They may feel helpless and lost at times, not knowing how to help or what the future holds. They may struggle with feelings of depression, anxiety, loneliness, distress and poorer health. They need help too. Even though … Read more

Making a Fresh Start

The start of the new year is often a time to reflect on where you have been and where you are headed. You may even have made a resolution or two.  Working towards goals can make a difference in how you feel about living with chronic pain. If you would like to make some changes that will enhance your ability to live … Read more

Living with Pain

These information structures are called schemas. For example, a toddler learns that a furry, four-legged animal is a dog. Upon seeing a cat, the child might refer to it as a dog, only to be told that it is a cat. So the schema for dogs changes (to exclude cats) and a new schema develops … Read more

Relieve Stress Now

It is hard to believe that 2012 has nearly come to an end. I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year. I thought this would be a good time to review my blog posts for 2012. Take a look at the most popular posts. What was your favorite? Number 1: Living with Pain: … Read more

Finding a New Path

Your chronic pain problem may have knocked you off course. Your personal, vocational, and social goals may have been derailed. You may feel as though you are simply stuck, unable to go forward and incapable of going back to your old life. Sometimes it may feel like living with pain takes all of your energy … Read more