Emotional Coping Skills

How to cope while waiting for test results

Feeling worried or anxious is a common reaction to cancer. These feelings come from uncertainty about the future and can occur at various points during your diagnosis and treatment. Most people feel especially anxious when they are waiting for the results of tests that will tell them if the cancer has spread or gotten worse…. Read more »

Gender, pain, and intimacy

We all know the typical “I will fix it” response that many men are prone to take when their female partners talk about being in pain. Adopting a “fix it” approach does make some sense. None of us wants to see our partners suffer, and it is right in line with time-honored theories about pain behavior–… Read more »

Getting control of panicky feelings

Barbara is pleased with how she manages her chronic pain by using medication, exercise, and meditation.  But at times she will have a sudden feeling of panic, causing her heart to race.  When this happens, Barbara struggles to regain control. It’s not unusual for some people who cope with chronic pain, to feel occasional, sudden… Read more »

When your brain helps the pain: Cognitive therapy in action

As they say, the only guarantees in life are death and taxes. But what about pain? We all have that, too – although some feel it more than others. And some people with chronic pain conditions have a 24/7 pain problem that can be ruthless. How do they handle it? Medication isn’t the only answer: A person’s… Read more »

Coping with cancer through spirituality

Spiritual and religious practices and beliefs may help you to cope with the pain of cancer and with the uncertainty and fear of a cancer diagnosis. Many people rely on faith to make sense of their lives and to feel connected to others — but you may also be looking for a connection to something… Read more »

Cancer and depression

When you have cancer, you will feel down at times; this is perfectly normal. Your everyday life has suddenly changed, you face an uncertain future, and you may need treatment that will take several weeks or months. Even the most cheerful person would feel sadness, grief, and worry. In the beginning After you are diagnosed… Read more »

Cancer and anxiety

If you have cancer, there will probably be times when you feel worried and afraid. As a matter of fact, 44% of people with cancer say that they feel anxious at times, and 23% say that they have a great deal of anxiety. Reasons for anxiety can range from the fear of having cancer-related symptoms like nausea… Read more »

What’s the worst that could happen?

What is catastrophizing? Have you ever woken up with greater-than-normal back pain and thought, “Oh no! It’s going to be a bad pain day!” Your attention is completely on your physical pain and you can’t possibly get past the experience. Then, your mind goes on a journey of its own. Are the following thoughts familiar?… Read more »

Ways to reduce anxiety when you have chronic pain

Anxiety is a state of uneasiness and distress often about future uncertainties. It can also be a resulting symptom of stress. If you have chronic pain, your body and mind may feel under attack. As a result, you are likely to feel worried or apprehensive about many things. Feeling anxious about your health and your pain is… Read more »