Clients with chronic pain for more than 2-3 months usually become very distraught. I expect that as a result of their injury, pain, and what they have gone through–that they say “I do not feel like myself”. They feel anxious, tearful, and, perhaps, hopeless. These feelings are not at all unusual. What I talk to my clients about is that they are going through a grieving process. A person that they loved very much has died and that person is them. Before the injury, they could go to work; they could earn money; they could support their family; they could do things around the house that they wanted to do. They could do the things they enjoyed doing. Then after their injury, they have a constant worry about their job, about how they are going to pay the bills, and how they are going to get better. Their biggest worry is if they are EVER going to get better. These worries add to the pain of the injury itself. So, they wake up every day and face a person that they don’t like–a person who isn’t working, isn’t doing their household chores, and suffers when they try to do so. Anyone who has to go through this grieving process and learn how to deal with such change needs help. We ask that our clients be honest with themselves and honest with their doctors that they are having this struggle. They must ask for counseling assistance to get them through this struggle.
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