Like the foreword writer, Herbert Benson, MD, author of The Relaxation Response , Caudill (Dartmouth Medical School) is a physician who subscribes to complementary alternative medicine. She explains the mind-body connection, common chronic pain conditions, and self-help tasks. Worksheets include a pain diary. No data is given for the first edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Now in a revised and expanded edition, this popular workbook teaches coping skills proven to decrease the discomfort, depression, and anxiety associated with chronic pain. The information and techniques presented have been used by tens of thousands of people over nearly two decades, and have been demonstrated to empower pain sufferers and decrease pain-related disability and distress. The approach is also valuable for people coping with other chronic illness-related problems, such as fatigue. Through hands-on exercises and homework assignments, readers are helped to understand the pain process, learn about medications and their effects, and recognize factors that exacerbate or relieve symptoms. The revised edition features updated coverage of commonly used pain medications and specific pain disorders, current nutritional recommendations, and a new appendix on complementary alternative medicine. Also included are a wealth of helpful new ideas on coping with pain flare-ups, staying active, accomplishing personal goals, and more.