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How does cognitive therapy help in treating chronic pain and depression?

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Research shows that some kinds of mental training truly improve chronic pain.

One approach is cognitive therapy. In cognitive therapy, a person learns to notice the negative "automatic thoughts" that surround the experience of chronic pain. These thoughts are often distortions of reality. Cognitive therapy can teach a person how to change these thought patterns and improve the experience of pain.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

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