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Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life

by Dennis W Turk and Frits Winter American Psychological Association
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Pbk 205 pages
AU$39.99 NZ$43.47
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Part of the APA LifeTools Series
If you suffer from chronic pain, this proven 10-step program brings hope and relief, showing you how gradual changes in specific behaviors can lead to great improvements in your ability to cope. Psychologists Turk and Winters' recommendations are based on solid research that shows what works and on their success with thousands of patients. Unlike the authors of other pain books, they promise no miracle cures, but they do help you learn 'not to let your body push you around' so life becomes enjoyable again.

The key lessons in this book include:
Uncovering some of the myths about pain and the deceptive ways it fools your body into unconstructive behavior
Pacing your activity, so you build strength without overdoing or underdoing it
Learning how to induce deep relaxation so you can begin to enjoy life again
Dealing with disturbed sleep and chronic fatigue
Improving your relations with family and friends, and soliciting support
Changing your habitual behaviours in ways that reduce pain Combating the negative thinking that often accompanies pain Regaining your self-confidence and trust in yourself
The power of goal-setting and humor
Dealing with the inevitable relapses and setbacks once improvement has set in
Workbook exercises, behavior logs, and suggested readings help you integrate these lessons into your daily life and learn to live well despite pain.

Contents: Introduction: How This Program Can Change Your Life / Lesson 1: Becoming Your Own Pain Management Expert / Lesson 2: Activity, Rest, and Pacing / Lesson 3: Learning to Relax / Lesson 4: Are You Always Tired? Ways to Combat Chronic Fatigue / Lesson 5: Don't Let Pain Ruin Your Relationship With Others! / Lesson 6: Changing Behavior / Lesson 7: Changing Thoughts and Feelings / Lesson 8: Gaining Self-Confidence / Lesson 9: Further Thoughts on Pain Management / Lesson 10: The Importance of Maintenance and 'Come Backs'