Dr Mary Kaspar, clinical psychologist specialised in chronic pain discusses the meaning of "PTSD" which is short for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sue then describes her experience of trauma and her current experience of chronic pain. Professor Phil Siddall also shares some insights into the link between trauma and chronic pain and Dr John Quintner about the 'stress or illness response' (see peer reviewed article on this page). Dr Blake Dear, clinical psychologist discusses treating people that have had trauma and are now living with pain.
Now you know a little bit about current thinking that links trauma to chronic pain. What do you do about it? Sue shares her journey which led her to a trusted therapist who helped. It is about safety as much as other aspects of finding good treatment options. Peter Gregory also provides insight into the importance of trusting the person providing the service for chronic pain.
There are other ways of addressing trauma, and our friend Professor David Morris, author of "the Culture of Pain" explains something called "Narrative Therapy". There are ways you can do this in your private moments, as Prof Morris discusses. If you think that you are living with painful consequences of trauma, you might also like to explore the "Mind-Body workbook" published by the Hunter Integrated Pain Service in Newcastle Australia. You will find that in the link on the side of this page.