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Living Beyond Your Pain: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Ease Chronic Pain Paperback – May 3, 2006
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—John P. Forsyth, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and faculty director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Program, State University of New York at Albany
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I host a self help psychology radio program focusing on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy called ACT taking hurt to hope. I interview researchers and clinicians from around the world who apply ACT to a great diversity of applications from inside prisons, to Tinnitus and everything in-between. This is free and is a public service. Join us!Here is the link
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It's quite easy to follow and has both short and simple readings alongside exercises that can be used to reflect upon the concepts that are introduced.
I think a person experiencing pain would need to be at a certain stage of motivation to be ready to stop seeking pain reduction before beginning on the journey that this approach offers - but if ready, the book certainly covers the ground and is user-friendly enough for most people who read self-help books to follow.
If the person experiencing pain has the support of a therapist either familiar with ACT, or prepared to suspend judgement and follow the process, the process this book uses would work well. I'm not so sure that an individual who was working alone would find it as easy!
As an introductory book for a therapist working in pain management, this book provides great tools to use, and a logical process to follow. It also has some good references if the therapist is keen to read more.
If you have a real ACT therapist, not just a workshop attendee or book reader, ACT is great, because the "Just do it" message of ACT gets toned down with human kindness.
The hopeful part of ACT - and this is why in partnership with self compssion work - is that it allowed me to live a life in spite of having severe PTSD. Instead of the epic wait most of us with any diagnosis do - searching for the CURE so we can be people again - ACT gives the tools to be a person who has a diagnosis that may or may not get worse or get better. It doesn't fix the diagnosis, it focuses on the person. For someone who has been a DSM4 diagnosis most of her life, that is awesome.
So I bought this book with my new diagnosis fibromyalgia.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a chronic pain patient of many years, I found this book to be insulting, belittling, and absurd. I
Their premise is that there is no tissue damage related to the pain. Read more
There is so much information in this book! Well written and worth the time.Published 7 months ago by E. Stanisz
I am about to finish this book and have used it to work with my care provider to accept my chronic pain. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Melody P.
Our US medical system has a lot of problems, but who would think it would come to this? That there's a Real Treatment out there for chronic pain that's proved itself successful... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Magicbird
from what I have read so far, it has been very helpful, can't wait to continue reading it and learning more how to manage my daily chronic pain, learning more ways to deal with out... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was very pleased with this book , it is extremely helpful. I would recommend to anyone with chronic pain.Published on January 25, 2014 by James M. Murphy
If you suffer from chronic pain, this is the latest in techniques to help.... But it's not for everyone. This workbook is written at a pretty high education level. Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Tritsy