Writing to Cope: A Chronic Pain Study

I recently had the opportunity to interview a very interesting woman for HealthCentral. She did a study of using writing as a coping tool for dealing with chronic pain.

"Chronic pain affects not just how you feel physically, but your emotional health, as well. Effective pain management addresses the physical symptoms, but must also help those who live with chronic pain cope emotionally on a day-to-day basis. One technique that been demonstrated to be helpful is positive writing intervention.

You may remember a call for participants for a study about chronic pain that we posted last summer. The researcher, Kathryn Lynn Ziemer has now finished the study, which was used for her dissertation for a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. A few weeks ago, I interviewed Kahryn about the background for thestudy, the results and what happens next."

You can read the rest of the interview here.


AlisonH said…
That leaves a lot to think about. Thank you; I wonder if it matters if writing comes easy to those who participated in her study, but either way, it's intriguing that treating oneself compassionately lessens the perceived level of pain. Well, yeah, but--I know someone who could benefit from reading that; let's see what we can do here.
AlisonH said…
p.s. Hope you guys are okay in the floods.
This sounds like a very interesting <a href="http://www.availclinical.com/trial/chronic-pain/>chronic pain clinical study</a>. When it comes to this medical condition, I still feel like there is a lot of surrounding mystery. This research certainly took a different approach than what I have read about in the past.