Chronic Pain and Depression
Living with chronic pain can take an emotional toll on you and your relationships, whether it is with your spouse or significant other, your friends or your co-workers.
Because chronic pain is often accompanied by feelings of depression and anxiety, if left untreated these feelings may become unmanageable. You may feel like there is no hope or that things may never change. Don't give up! Despite chronic pain, it is possible to live a full, productive and multifaceted life--one that goes just beyond just coping. After suffering from chronic pain and depression myself for over 20 years, I have learned how to live a better life by taking time for myself and making the commitment to manage my pain and feelings of depression. And so can you.
In individual and family sessions you will learn various techniques such as cultivating an awareness of your pain and how it impacts your mind and body, to managing stress through mindfulness-based stress reduction exercises. Understand the mind/body connection (chronic pain is NOT all in your head, but negative thoughts about your pain--and life in general--can influence how you feel mentally and physically). Integrate coping strategies and self care in to your everyday life to reduce pain, alleviate your depression and eliminate chronic stressors that contribute to the pain-depression cycle. You will also learn to grieve your former "pre-pain" self and other losses in your life, be assertive in communicating with family, friends and co-workers, and become a proactive self-advocate when dealing with medical professionals.
Whether it's Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus, MS or another chronic pain disorder, I am here to assist you in coping with the unique difficulties often associated with these painful conditions. Don't let your pain and emotions control you any longer. My goal is to facilitate the process of developing the skills and knowledge required to live a more positive life, despite chronic pain and depression. I have learned over the years that knowledge, self-care, assertiveness and self-awareness are natural agents of change--the kind of change that empowers others to live fulfilling, productive lives.
Ms. Campo employs Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based CBT, as well as demonstrates or role models yogic principles such as Pranayama (yogic breathing), and other restorative asanas (poses), as she earned a 200 hr certificate as a yoga instructor.
Annette encourages her clients to see their doctors first before trying any poses on their own. She also refers clients to yoga studios and restorative yoga classes, so they can get the proper training to fit their body's needs.