CBT Strategies To Target Fibromyalgia Symptoms
According to licensed clinical social worker Beth Kane, an expert with people with chronic illness, who also doubles up as Point Pleasant’s New Jersey life coach, the following symptoms of fibromyalgia can be managed through CBT Therapies:
CBT can be effective in tackling catastrophized pain. It does so by reframing thoughts around pain. A patient can be trained to go from the worst thoughts and led progressively to less emotive and consuming thoughts. For instance, CBT can help a patient get from “this pain is so bad I cannot live like this” to “the pain is quite intense but I can still live and do x-y-z.” As such, ACT does help the patient accept the reality of the moment, which serves to reduce anxiety and allows the patient to lessen the focus on their pain.
CBT tackle the symptom of fatigue in several ways. The most important of which are journaling and using worksheets. Many patients suffer from stress due to having disorganized lives that lead to fatigue. CBT therapists can help clients identify high energy, recurring and high priority tasks and plan a schedule to effectively manage their time and energy expenditure. In addition, skills of mindfulness, acceptance, and relaxation help patients identify things that they can let go of to save energy for better use. Consequently, patients experience less stress and fatigue.