Chronic pain defined as experiencing pain for over 3 months affects over 10% of adult Australians. Most specialist pain teams include psychiatrists and or psychologists. Effective pain management allows patients the opportunity to regain their sense of self-efficacy and control over their lives.
How can chronic pain affect you?
Guilt - Often people feel they have let their family and others down. The point the finger at themselves. They can view themselves as a "problem", "not able to carry my weight", which can sometimes lead to thoughts of not wanting to be around.
Loss and Grief - Chronic health conditions, pain being no different can lead to a number of losses and ensuing grief. Often people feel that they have been treated "unfairly", robbed of the chance to work, travel, play with their children or go on holiday.
Anger towards your body - It's common to dislike the part of your body which is causing you trouble. Anger can also be directed inwards, a deep dislike or hatred towards yourself. People with pain may also take out their anger in outbursts which can affect others.