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Thinking (Hard) about Pain: Psychological Challenges and Recovery in Chronic Pain

February 11, 2015 - 12:00pm PST, 3:00pm EST
Recorded in February, 2015


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A common problem faced by people with chronic pain is the development of negative thought patterns about pain, which can lead to a view of pain as a catastrophic influence on everyday life.

Dr. Drew Sturgeon discusses how catastrophic thoughts can change the physical and psychological health of a person with chronic pain and how these thoughts can even worsen the experience of pain itself.

Dr. Sturgeon also explains how these thought patterns can be effectively treated using psychological approaches. Dr. Sturgeon also describes the idea of resilience in chronic pain, explaining how people cope effectively with the profound challenges of chronic pain.

This webinar will help you:

  1. To understand the consequences of negative or catastrophic thought patterns about pain for physical and psychological health.
  2. To explain how and why negative thought patterns are treated in people with chronic pain.
  3. To explain how we may better understand the challenges of chronic pain by focusing on resilience, and how people continue to function meaningfully despite the presence of pain. 

Dr. John (Drew) Sturgeon

Dr. Sturgeon is currently a postdoctoral pain psychology fellow in the Stanford University Pain Management Center and Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory. He has published articles in the areas of psychological interventions for chronic pain, pain catastrophizing, and resilience in people with chronic pain. He remains active in the evaluation and treatment of chronic pain, and has continued a line of research in the evaluation and promotion of resilience in chronic pain.  


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