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.