Both physical and emotional pain are a part of life. How we respond to and manage pain can affect our quality of life, our sense of self, and our roles and relationships with others. The Mayo Clinic, in conjunction with The Great Courses, offers a twelve, thirty minute video lecture series that addresses this. I like this lecture series as it offers an integrative approach to pain management. In this lecture series, Barbara K. Bruce, Ph.D., L.P, an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Clinical Director of the Fibromyalgia Treatment Program and the Chronic Abdominal Pain Program at Mayo Clinic discusses the following topics related to chronic pain:
Why pain matters
What is pain?
Common causes of chronic pain
Medication for chronic pain: why and why not
How exercise helps with chronic pain
Manage your stress to manage your pain
Social support for pain management
How to sleep when you have pain
The vicious cycle of pain and mood
Building a pain management team
Creating a pain management plan
Active sessions: exercise and relaxation
Offered for purchase by The Great Courses, this lecture series can also be rented from various libraries.