Long Island Psychology Works on Mental Health With Patients Struggling with Chronic Pain or Illness
Due to injury, illness, or aging, many individuals on Long Island struggle with chronic pain. That chronic pain may be related to physical health. But our mental health is both affected by and affects chronic pain. That is why many people benefit from seeking the support of a therapist for chronic pain to help address and identify the mental health issues associated with this type of discomfort.
At Long Island Psychology, we provide psychotherapy services for those on Long Island struggling with chronic pain. We have three offices that you can travel to in Rockville Centre, Garden City, and Roslyn, NY, and we have a team that is able to operate remotely if the cause of your pain makes mobility more difficult. Working with children and adults of all ages, Long Island Psychology is able to support you in your mental health and wellness. Call us today or fill out our online form to get started.
The Relationship Between Chronic Pain and Mental Health
Chronic pain’s relationship to mental health is cyclical. While the pain itself may be related to an injury or other health issue, the resulting experience of living with pain often contributes to and is affected by a person’s mental health:
- Chronic Pain Causing Mental Health Struggles – Pain is, by its very nature, painful. That type of ongoing pain can cause people to feel depressed, or develop anxiety. Pain causes a person to not process the world the same way, and can have an effect on stress levels that can create long term changes to brain chemistry, thoughts, and more.
- Mental Health Affecting Chronic Pain – We also know that mental health works the other way around – it becomes something that can make chronic pain worse. This can be caused by many factors, such as hypersensitivity (a symptom of anxiety that causes a person to perceive discomfort more strongly), depressive pain (depression activates pain sensors, making pain worse), difficulty focusing on distractions or other tasks, and more.
Because both experiences affect each other, a person living with chronic pain often develops – or already has – mental health issues that will then make the pain worse, which can then affect mental health more.
Chronic Pain and Therapy
Presumably, a person living with chronic pain is unable to treat that pain. But they can stop some of the cycle by addressing their mental health, which also has the potential to improve a person’s quality of life. At Long Island Psychology, our therapists can support patients in NY with chronic pain by addressing the symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and any other struggles that are both related to and not related to the experience of the pain.
It may not cause the pain to stop, but it can improve a person’s quality of life in such a way that they are better able to live with the pain and prevent further mental health cycles.