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The Psychology of Chronic Pain

Ellis, S. (2021, March 26). The Psychology of Chronic Pain. Health Central.

There’s no denying that chronic pain is a real and widespread affliction, affecting at least 50 million adults in the United States. It is associated with a myriad of health conditions such as autoimmune diseases, migraine, and cancer, but sometimes chronic pain has no identifiable origin or cause. It’s not all in your head… but you can retrain your brain to handle pain differently. Keep reading to find out how.

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