Chronic pain has devastating effects on those who experience it. It can lower one’s financial standing, limit activities of daily living, exhaust social and family supports, and destabilize one’s mental health. And that’s all before an addiction to pain medication enters the picture.
Studies indicate that resilient people are better equipped to cope with chronic pain. How we think about pain is tied to how we respond to it.
The Chronic Pain deck was developed in order to start discussions between the chronic pain sufferer and a significant other, a friend, or family members. It was also developed to initiate conversations between patients and nurses, social workers, and physicians charged with treating/managing chronic pain. The cards could be used to assess a new patient’s current level of resilience Skills & Attitudes and to build upon them as needed. Where medication is indicated, additional coping skills may reduce the amount and frequency of the need. Peer support groups are always a good place to share these challenges.
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BounceBack will be available for purchase via our website soon. We’d like to introduce you to BounceBack by playing a bi-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) game on our homepage using our free Downloadable Demonstration Deck.
Your Challenge Card from our Downloadable Demonstration Deck is featured above. Once you’ve dealt with the challenge, magnify your screen and take a close look at the bottom of the card. There you will see the Skills & Attitudes we feel might be most helpful in managing the scenario. You can also use other skills and attitudes that you find helpful as long as you can explain how you would apply them. We challenge you to find new ways of responding to adversity.
Which of these Skills & Attitudes will you choose to apply?
Follow along alone, with a friend or a group. Talk to others and find out how they would respond. We can learn much from one another. But if we wish to learn from our experiences, we must first get through them.
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