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Breaking the Pain Cycle

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by kkcarlton, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. kkcarlton

    kkcarlton Peer Supporter


    I have read and re-read "Reframe the Meaning of Pain" and "Breaking the Pain Cycle" by Alan Gordon multiple times. They give me hope and they are great reminders that things can get worse before they get better because of the extinction burst. My question is, how do I stop the fear thoughts Alan talks about in "Breaking the Pain Cycle." Thoughts like if the pain will ever go away or when will it come back, etc.? How do I stop these thoughts or what do I replace them with, especially if it spikes?

    Thank you,
  2. birdsetfree

    birdsetfree Well known member

    Try not bargaining with the pain. In other words expect the pain to come but know that it has no significance. It is only your own mind creating it, no damage is happening to your body. Then use tools such as deep breathing, reassuring yourself you are safe, focusing on the task at hand etc. to develop outcome independence. Try not to be disappointed at all about the pain just keep looking forward and know that this is the path to recovery. Know that the pain is psychological and therefore nothing to fear.

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