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Dennis C. Turk

The Pain Survival Guide: How to Become Resilient and Reclaim Your Life

The Pain Survival Guide: How to Become Resilient and Reclaim Your Life

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This 10-lesson pain self-management program offers tools and strategies for coping with chronic pain, finding what works, building resilience, and moving forward despite setbacks.

Despite recent advances in the study of pain, there is still no medical treatment, alternative therapy, or herbal remedy that can eliminate all pain for all people all of the time. And many who suffer chronic pain know all too well the risks of over-reliance on pain medications. Only you know the ins and outs of your pain; only you can change your feelings of helplessness and despair into empowerment and resilience in the face of persistent pain and its many effects on your life.

The authors of this bestselling book are highly-respected experts on pain management who have successfully treated thousands of patients. Their 10-lesson self-management program offers clinically-proven strategies for making simple, gradual adjustments to daily patterns so you can take cope with chronic pain and take charge of your life.

Readers of this book will learn how to:
  • Identify and reject harmful myths about pain
  • Balance activity and restFix sleep problems
  • Leverage family and friends for support
  • Manage emotional response to pain
  • Regain self-confidence
  • Avoid relapsing into unhealthy behaviors
This revised edition offers important information on the risks of opioid use for chronic pain, and discusses new treatment options including acceptance and commitment therapy, mind-body interventions such as tai chi, and cannabinoids. It also includes a Resource Guide that shows readers how to access support groups and find help paying for health insurance and medication; offers tips for communicating with healthcare teams and employers; and recommends mobile apps to assist with self-management strategies.

Author: Dennis C. Turk, Frits Winter
Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA)
Published: 03/10/2020
Pages: 230
Weight: 1.20lbs
Size: 9.90h x 7.00w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9781433831829

About the Author
Dennis C. Turk, PhD, is editor-in-chief of The Clinical Journal of Pain and has been treating people with chronic pain for over 30 years. He is currently the John and Emma Bonica Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology and Research and a professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is also associate director of Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks. Dr. Turk lives in Seattle, Washington.

Frits Winter, PhD, is a pioneer in developing therapy programs for chronic pain and he has written several self-help books on the topics of pain, anxiety, fatigue, and memory. He is director of the Medisch Centrum Winter, a treatment center for pain, stress, and burnout in Veldhoven, Netherlands. He received the Golden Spell of Honor award for his work as head of the Pain Division in the Roessingh Rehabilitation Center in Enschede, Netherlands. Dr. Winter lives in Haaksbergen, Netherlands. Visit https: //fritswinter. nl.

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