In this powerful workbook for teens, pediatric pain specialist Rachel Zoffness offers evidence-based strategies to help teens turn the volume down on chronic pain and illness and get back to living their lives.
Living with chronic pain and illness can be difficult, scary, and sometimes lonely. Teens who suffer from chronic pain will learn that there are real tools they can use now to assist in feeling better. Blending cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), this workbook provides proven-effective solutions to help the teen take control of their pain.
With this powerful and easy-to-use workbook, teens can learn how pain affects both their mind and body, how negative emotions can make pain worse, and strategies to help them turn the volume down on their pain. They will also learn mindfulness and relaxation exercises, including belly breathing and body scan to help manage pain in the moment.
The exercises and strategies in this book are rooted in research, fun to learn, and easy to practice.
“This workbook is stronger and more effective than any medication I know of for treating chronic pain.”
—L. Stephen Long, MD, pediatric anesthesiologist; medical director of complex pain, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
“This is a terrific and engaging workbook for teens with chronic pain that provides instruction in core behavioral and cognitive skills for pain management. Rachel Zoffness masterfully uses humor and patient stories that should appeal to teens who are either using this workbook independently or with a therapist. It is a must-have addition to the pain practitioner’s library.”
—Tonya M. Palermo, PhD, professor in the department of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Washington; clinical psychologist; author of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents; and coauthor of Managing Your Child’s Chronic Pain