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Understanding and Treating Fear of Pain - Gordon Asmundson

Understanding and Treating Fear of Pain

By: Gordon Asmundson (Editor), Johan Vlaeyen (Editor), Geert Crombez (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9780198525141
Number Of Pages: 288

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People who suffer from chronic pain are typically found to be more anxious and fearful of pain than those who do not. Recent evidence has shown that the pain itself serves as a mechanism through which chronic pain is maintained over time. Even once the muscle or tissue damage is healed, a fear of further pain can lead to avoidance behavior, which over time, leads to deconditioning (e.g. decreased mobility, weight gain). This in turn leads to further experiences, negative expectancies, and strengthened avoidance. It is the reciprocal relationship between fear and avoidance that is thought to be responsible for maintaining pain behavior and disability.
With fear of pain known to cause significant suffering and functional disability, there is a need for a greater understanding of this condition. This is the first book to explore this topic. It starts by introducing the current theoretical positions regarding pain-related fear and anxiety along with relevant empirical findings. It then provides comprehensive coverage of assessment issues and treatment strategies. Finally, the book suggests further areas for investigation.
Pain-related fear and anxiety are now receiving considerable attention, and efficient and effective treatments are fast becoming available. This book will help guide and extend our understanding of a condition that has been shown to be associated with substantial suffering and disability.

Part I - Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Findings 1: G.J.G. Asmundson, P.J. Norton & J.W.S. Vlaeyen: Fear-avoidance models of chronic pain: an overview 2: L. Goubert, G. Crombez & M. Peters: Pain-related fear and avoidance: a conditioning perspective 3: L.M. McCracken: A behavioural analysis of pain-related fear responses 4: S. van Damme, G. Crombez, C. Eccleston & J. Roelofs: The role of hypervigilance in the experience of pain 5: E. Keogh & G.J.G. Asmundson: Negative affectivity, catastrophising and anxiety sensitivity 6: E.L.M. Gheldof, P.J. de Jong, J. Vinck & R.M.A. Houben: Attitudes towards physical activity: the role of implicit versus explicit associations 7: J.A. Verbunt, H.A. Seelen & J.W.S. Vlaeyen: Disuse and physical deconditioning in chronic low back pain Part II - Assessment 8: S. Morley & C. Eccleston: The object of fear in pain 9: D.W. McNeil & K.E. Vowles: Assessment of fear and anxiety associated with pain: conceptualisation, methods and measures 10: S.J. Linton & K. Boersma: The role of fear-avoidance in the early identification of patients risking the development of disability 11: H.D. Hadjistavropoulos & K.M. Kowalyk: Patient-therapist relationships among patients with pain-related fear Part III - Treatment 12: B.H.K. Balderson, E.H.B. Lin & M. Von Korff: The management of pain-related fear in primary care 13: A A. de C Williams & L. McCracken: Cognitive behavioural therapy for chronic pain: an overview with specific reference to fear and avoidance 14: J.W.S. Vlaeyen, J. de Jong, M. Leeuw & G. Crombez: Fear reduction in chronic pain: graded exposure in vivo with behavioural experiments Part IV - Conclusions and Future Directions 15: G.J.G. Asmundson, J.W.S. Vlaeyen, G. Crombez & M.J. Coons: Future challenges and research directions in fear of pain

ISBN: 9780198525141
ISBN-10: 0198525141
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 17.4  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.78