Worrying about chronic pain: Vigilance to threat and misdirected problem solving

Sarah Aldrich, Chris Eccleston, Geert Crombez

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Abstract

Worry is reviewed to inform a cognitive-behavioural understanding of chronic pain. How worry comes to dominate is discussed as 'vigilance' and why worry comes to dominate is discussed as 'problem solving'. These two aspects are applied to worrying about chronic pain. Chronic pain is re-presented as chronic vigilance to threat that may lead to a perseveration of attempts at solving the problem of achieving escape from pain. Attempts will be frustrated by the insolubility of the problem of chronic pain. The clinical and theoretical implications of this application are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-470
Number of pages14
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Volume38
Issue number5
Early online date20 Mar 2000
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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