Steven East is an addiction specialist who shares his thoughts on concepts like Stress in our blog.
Some variables that complicate the treatment of chronic pain come from our psychological make up. Stress has been noted as a precursor as well as a consequence of chronic pain. Significant degrees of situational stressors, such as interpersonal conflicts are usually experienced by these individuals. This is a destructive cycle in which negative thinking and emotions increase pain perception that in turn leads to greater emotional and cognitive distress.