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 lecture series that addresses this.  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.

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