When you are living with chronic pain your life is turned upside down. It can affect every area of your life, family, friends, financial, housing, career, social, hobbies, fun activities, self-esteem, sense of purpose and finally sense of hope.
You might feel like you are on high alert unable to relax because of the pain. You may feel judged, misunderstood, frustrated, angry, sad and many more emotions that affect your sense of self. You may have the impression that others think you are making it up, which can even have you questioning yourself. “Is it all in my head?” Many people with chronic pain state that their pain is all consuming and in control of their lives. It can be very unpredictable causing you fear and anxiety, which slowly limits your activities more and more. Completely understandable.
How can counselling and CBT help?