Chronic Pain and Psychotherapy - By David J. Koehn, PhD

Dr. David J. Koehn Psychologist Fort Myers, Florida

Dr. David Koehn is a psychologist practicing in Fort Myers, FL. Dr. Koehn specializes in the treatment of mental health problems and helps people to cope with their mental illnesses. As a psychologist, Dr. Koehn evaluates and treats patients through a variety of methods, most typically being psychotherapy or talk therapy.... more

How common is chronic pain? 

At least 100 million adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain, according to the Institute of Medicine. Chronic pain reportedly affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Mental health and chronic pain 

Chronic pain can cause feelings such as anger, hopelessness, sadness and anxiety. To treat pain effectively, you must address the physical, emotional and psychological aspects.

Psychological treatment 

Psychological treatments are an important part of pain management. Managing the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that accompany the discomfort can help you cope more effectively.

Treatment plans for chronic pain 

Treatment plans are designed for that particular patient. They involve teaching relaxation techniques, changing old beliefs about pain, and building new coping skills.

Managing stress 

Psychologists can help you manage the stress in your life related to chronic pain. They can help you learn relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, to keep stress levels under control.

Ways to manage stress 

Some suggestions to manage stress include staying active, knowing your limits, exercising, making social connections, distracting yourself, and following your prescriptions.

Modern research on chronic pain 

Modern scientific research is beginning to paint a clear path out of the current chronic pain epidemic. Studies shows that the brain and central nervous system play a role in chronic pain.

A condition of both the brain and body 

Chronic pain is not solely a condition of the body, but rather a condition of the brain. By offering therapy to the brain, we can break the ongoing cycle of pain.