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CBT and ACT for Pain


EveryDayHealth.com, examining a 2013 study in the European Journal of Pain and a 2011 study in the Journal Arthritis Research and Therapy, explored how Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) successfully managed pain in fibromyalgia. In the Pain study, ACT had positive effects on pain-related functioning, mental health–related quality of life, self-efficacy, depression, and anxiety in 40 women with fibromyalgia. The participants attended 12 weekly group ACT sessions. In the Arthritis study, CBT was helpful in reducing pain catastrophizing in people with fibromyalgia. Catastrophizing, generally, is believing that something is — or will be — much worse than it actually is. In pain catastrophizing, a person magnifies the actual or anticipated pain he’s experiencing.

There was lots more in the studies, including combatting “pain fog” and working around fatigue.

To read the full article, which includes links to the research articles discussed, see 

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