Many patients who suffer from chronic pelvic pain will have to understand the role the mind-body connection plays. Physical pain, especially when chronic in nature, can lead to a break down in coping mechanisms, worsened stress, anxiety, depression, and other psychological distress ramifications. Working with a professional to overcome these stressors can help you find relief.
Conditions like depression and anxiety can often be associated with pelvic pain. At the same time, pelvic pain can cause emotional distress, creating a constant cycle of pain that can be difficult to break.
Protecting yourself from the psychological causes of pelvic pain poses a unique set of challenges. For those who have suffered past trauma, it can often feel like your pelvic pain is all in your head. But whether it comes from a physical or emotional source, your pain is real. If you think your pain might be associated with psychological stress or past trauma, a psychologist or psychiatrist can help you develop effective coping strategies and find relief from your pain. At Pelvic Pain Doc, we believe in a multi-factorial approach to treating pelvic pain, which includes the help of psychologists and therapists.