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Study Shows Anxiety Increases Pain Intensity and Disability

A study of 125 patients found that people with high levels of anxiety due to chronic pain experience more pain, emotioanl distress, depression and disability, but the use of pain coping strategies can lower this effect. Coping strategies such as acceptance of pain, mindfulness and values-based actions plus cognitive behavioral therapy were able to buffer the effects of anxiety and decrease distress and disability in people with chronic pain. McCracken LM, Keogh E. Journal of Pain. 10(4):408-15, 2009. Journal of Pain. 10(4):408-15, 2009.




   

 

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