Pain often causes people to stop doing the most meaningful or enjoyable (fun) activities in their lives. The result is a steady withdrawal from family and friends. Your world starts to get smaller and smaller as the focus is on surviving day-to-day. Yet, this is the worst thing you can do if you want to improve your pain.
Research has shown that people with high levels of positive emotions and a sense of well-being have less pain, are more active, and lead more fulfilling lives. In this session we will explore ways that you can bring more positive activities and greater meaning back into your life.
After watching this webinar, you will be able to:
- Describe the neurobiological relationship between emotional stress and physical pain.
- Discuss how positive affect can act as a resource for individuals with chronic pain.
- Explain how increasing positive affect and other resilience factors can result in improved functional status in people with pain.
- List several easy-to-implement interventions that can improve resilience and positive affect.
Afton L. Hassett, Psy.D.
Associate Research Scientist, Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
Dr. Hassett is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan Medical School. As a principal investigator at the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center, she conducts highly collaborative research related to exploring the role of cognitive, affective, and behavioral factors in chronic pain populations. Her most exciting and innovative positive health research involves the evaluation of resilience factors in sparing premature cellular aging in patients with chronic pain (telomere research), as well as developing "prehabilitation" programs for surgical patients before surgery to optimize outcomes. She is the President Elect of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals – a division of the American College of Rheumatology.
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