Reply To: clinical psycology ?


Yes I think the crux of it is how it is put to a patient. For example, when I went to Input, the clinical director told quite clearly on the first morning that none of us would be there if he thought it was all in our head! but then said they would be using psychology based approaches in parts of the course because how we view our pain is crucial to how we deal with it.

Bit like cup half empty or half full scenario isn’t it. I am sure we all find when we are stressed about other things (money is a key one for me), our pain is often worse, we get tense, our posture affects the pain and we tend to feel everything is on top of us and how are we going to manage? But on a sunny day when we are with those we love having a treat or something, of course the pain has to go with us, sadly, but how we view it and deal with it is different.

And as Di has found, having interests keeps the pain from being the only focus, which is a great coping tool too.

The damage that people like Chris has seen can do to someone already weighed down with long term pain is enormous/long lasting, and can make us even lower. Its bad enough having chronic pain, but it being suggested that we can stop it, is a joke. What on earth would we have to gain from “pretending” to be in constant pain?!

I agree you should complain Chris. But I also hear what you say about them recording things wrong, that has also happened to me – refuse to sit next time and take a mat or something to lay on to make the point.