A University of Maryland doctoral student in counseling psychology, who is doing her dissertation research on chronic pain, has invited our chronic pain community here to participate in a study to explore the effects of writing about chronic pain on mental and physical health.
It's encouraging to me to see health care professionals in the field of psychology studying new techniques that can help us learn how to better cope with our pain. While the cause of our pain is physical, living with chronic pain day after day affects every part of our being––physical, mental and emotional. It invades every area of our life and demands our attention. I'm thankful for any technique or therapy––be it physical or psychological––that may help me deal with the pain better and/or lessen it's intensity and impact on my life.
I'm personally going to take part in this study and would encourage all of you who are interested to do so as well. This study is a little more involved than just taking a survey and will require a certain amount of commitment on your part. It's my understanding that it will include taking two surveys and completing three brief writing assignments over a four-week period. There is a small reward at the end for those who complete the study – a $15 Amazon gift certificate. There's also the satisfaction of knowing you contributed to a better understanding of what it's like to live with chronic pain.
To learn more about this study and how you can participate, click here: Chronic Pain Study