Chronic pain is usually caused by an accident or health condition and is pain that lasts for 12 weeks or more after the initial onset of the incident or condition. Chronic pain and mental health are closely linked. However, Pain Australia reports that approximately 40% of people with major depression are suffering from chronic pain. There is a lack of awareness of the link between long-term pain and poor mental health. Our Director, Jodie Brenton along with our head psychologist, Mary Magalotti want to increase awareness of chronic pain and mental health.
How Psychological Support Can Help You
Although chronic pain is a physical condition, psychological support is often helpful for those with chronic pain. A mental health professional can work with you to create a chronic pain management plan that can help you live a life that is good for you and your mental wellbeing.
Reshaping your thoughts on chronic pain
It has been reported that a biopsychosocial approach can help patients overcome mental health concerns regarding chronic pain. The biopsychosocial approach places greater emphasis on the link between factors of one’s biology, psychology, and socio-environment. It is recommended to:
- Remember you are not defined by your chronic pain
- Be as physically active as you can
- Set realistic and achievable goals
At Life Resolutions, our team of mental health professionals are here to help you create achievable plans and assist you in managing the sometimes difficult emotions that come with experiencing chronic pain. Mary Magalotti and our team of psychologists are experienced in chronic pain management and the biopsychosocial approach. Speak to one of our professionals today.
The Life Resolutions Team is Here to Help
If you are suffering from chronic pain or would like support for any other mental health condition, please book an appointment with Life Resolutions by contacting our friendly team today. You can also head to our website for even more information on the services we offer at Life Resolutions.