Stanford researchers: The secret to overcoming the opioid crisis may lie partly in the mind

Stanford researchers: The secret to overcoming the opioid crisis may lie partly in the mind

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Most people – including most physicians — think of pain as a physical symptom, but science reveals that emotions also play a big role. In other words – psychology is integral to the pain experience, and it can make it better or worse.

When pain is treated solely with medications, only part of the problem has been addressed. Meanwhile, patients may receive too little of another kind of pain care, one that teaches them self-management techniques for treating pain. Our scientific research in the growing area of pain psychology shows that pain relief is more effective when you address the body and the mind.

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Accessible article about the mind-body relationship of pain. Works for me.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2017/09/12/stanford-researchers-the-secret-to-overcoming-the-opioid-crisis-may-be-all-in-the-mind/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7693c0f58fb7