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The Pain Survival Guide.

The Pain Survival Guide

Dennis C. Turk, Ph.D. and Frits Winter, Ph.D.

American Psychological Association

750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242

591470498 $19.95 1-800-368-5777 www.apa.org/books

Written by doctors with years of experience in the assessment and treatment of people with chronic pain, The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim Your Life is a ten-step program for learning to live and minimize chronic pain, emphasizing the importance of gradual behavior changes. Chapters discuss relaxation tips, ways to reduce fatigue, the importance of not allowing pain to sabotage personal relationships, making adjustments in behavior, bolstering self-confidence, coping with setbacks, and much more. The Pain Survival Guide also denounces common myths about pain, and emphasizes the following truths: pain is not a reliable signal of injury; the absence of injury or disease does not mean that one's pain is not real; pain should always be taken seriously; drugs are not always the best or only way to treat pain; and having pain for a long time does not mean that one's condition is beyond treatment. An index rounds out this highly accessible and practical and serious-minded resource.
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Title Annotation:The Pain Survival Guide: How to Reclaim your Life
Author:Volk, Carol
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
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Date:Nov 1, 2005
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