Emotional disclosure interventions for chronic pain: from the laboratory to the clinic.

@article{Lumley2012EmotionalDI,
  title={Emotional disclosure interventions for chronic pain: from the laboratory to the clinic.},
  author={Mark A. Lumley and Elyse R. Sklar and Jennifer N. Carty},
  journal={Translational behavioral medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={2 1},
  pages={
          73-81
        }
}
Life stress and the avoidance of negative emotions may contribute to chronic pain. The technique of written or spoken emotional disclosure can reverse emotional avoidance and improve health, and 18 randomized studies have tested it among people with chronic pain. We review these studies to provide guidance for the clinical use of this technique. The benefits of emotional disclosure for chronic pain are quite modest overall. Studies in rheumatoid arthritis show very limited effects, but two… CONTINUE READING
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