Tackling trauma and stress underlying chronic pain: a Zoom discussion with Mark Lumley, Ph.D.
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Join Mark Lumley, Ph.D. for an interactive Zoom discussion about his promising research into non-traditional therapy for people suffering from chronic pain.
Many studies suggest that difficult life experiences in childhood (abuse, victimization, family problems, and internal conflicts, to name a few) are predictors of chronic pain and physical symptoms experienced later on in adulthood. With that in mind, Lumley and colleagues have developed and tested Emotional Awareness & Expression Therapy (EAET) which emphasizes the role of a changeable brain in chronic pain and targets the fear, stress, and trauma that often underlies it.
EAET that aims to help people reduce their symptoms of pain by attempting to overcome emotional and relationship problems. In this discussion, Lumley will present the background of EAET and some studies documenting its value and discuss the pros and cons of its implementation. Questions are welcomed and interaction encouraged.
Lumley and other researchers conducted a study into EAET’s effect on fibromyalgia sufferers and found that patients who received EAET had better outcomes — reduced widespread pain, physical impairment, attention and concentration problems, anxiety, and depression than those without EAET. It also found EAET subjects experienced more positive emotions and life satisfaction — than patients who received other therapies.
Mark A. Lumley, Ph.D., is the Distinguished Professor and Director of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in the Department of Psychology, Wayne State University. Lumley is on the editorial boards of numerous journals in health psychology and psychosomatic medicine, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Society of Behavioral Medicine, and has been on the Executive Committees of the American Psychosomatic Society, the Society for Health Psychology, and the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology.