ACT is supposed to teach patients how to be open with feelings of hopelessness, anger, frustration, and anxiety.
As a treatment or coping option, the point of ACT therapy isn't to erase the negative feelings that bubble up with chronic pain. Hopelessness, anger, frustration and even anxiety are all common emotions. Instead of pushing those feelings aside, ACT teaches patients to be open to those feelings and learn how to deal with them. It is meant to help those with certain conditions, like fibromyalgia, understand what is happening inside their bodies and accept the challenges that they will face.