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Understanding the psychology of pain is an important aspect of any pain management plan that aims to help the whole person. That’s why at UM Pain our multidisciplinary team includes a psychologist who performs a comprehensive evaluation that helps guide your pain specialist in developing your individualized treatment.

Chronic Pain and Depression

Chronic pain can lead to depression, anxiety and feelings of helplessness. While the link between depression and pain can be emotional, it also has many biological and physiological factors. 

When pain becomes the major focus of your life, it can interfere with daily activities and responsibilities, leading to problems such as time out of work, frequent health care visits, substantial use of medications and problems interacting with other people.

Pain Psychology Treatment Options

At UM Pain, you will work with a behavioral health professional during your initial assessment, which will include questionnaires and a face-to-face interview. In some cases, counseling will continue on an ongoing basis.

Your pain psychology treatment plan may include:

  • Biofeedback (self-guided methods to control physical functions)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (changing unhelpful behaviors)
  • Coping skills training
  • Individual and/or group counseling
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Visual imagery (positive thoughts to decrease anxiety and sadness)