Can Past Trauma and Stinking Thinking Be Causing My Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is usually much more than just long-term physical pain. Many people who are suffering from stressful situations or traumatic events also report suffering from physical pain.

Research has shown that people experiencing the following conditions are also more likely to have chronic pain.

Symptoms of depression—feeling sad, a sense of worthlessness, a sense that your body no longer works, a sense that you can no longer do things you used to do, harsh self-judgment, and trying to change the past

Catastrophic thinking processes—expectations that things never go right and will always go wrong, dread of the future, and belief that things can only get worse

Poor emotional self-care—difficulty recognizing stress, poor coping, not recognizing emotions, the inability to process feelings and sensations inside of your body, and negative autobiographical narrative

Learn more about what may be causing your chronic pain here.