Pain is a phenomenon familiar to everyone. And the first thing that comes to mind with this word is painkillers, medicines, pills, and so on. It would seem that what does psychotherapy have to do with it? Let's figure it out.
Can a person experience a variety of pain sensations and still not find the real cause of these sensations? Go through numerous examinations and meet with the same type of phrase – "no pathology detected"?
With time and the number of examinations, attention to your body increases and almost every minute a person begins to "listen" to it– "is it sick now?", " and if it gets sick?".
But there is a so-called psychogenic pain, when the source of pain is not at the level of a specific organ, damage, disease, but in the consequences of severe stress, anxiety, depression, reaction to an unpleasant event. Pain becomes a kind of substitute for emotional experience. And then working with the "cause of pain" is working with the person himself, his emotions and reactions, and therefore-psychotherapy.
And what if there is a specific, established cause of long-term pain, with which a person lives for more than one year – does he need psychotherapy and how can it help?
It is necessary and can, because constantly feeling pain can not but change our emotional sphere: irritability, anxiety, anxiety become stronger… And even if we can't "turn off" the pain for a long time, we can help to cope with the experiences: reduce the level of "heavy" emotions (anxiety, anger, irritation, anxiety), try to "express them" in the safe space of psychotherapy.
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