FM article

Review of Cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) for fibromyalgia

Review of Cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) for fibromyalgia “Cognitive behavioral therapies (CBTs) are often a recommended treatment for Fibromyalgia. It is in fact a psychological treatment used in many chronic pain conditions as well as other health problems such as depression and anxiety. CBTs are a method of improving a person’s beliefs about their illness and their abilities and helping to develop ways to cope with health issues. The main idea of CBTs are to change negative thoughts and feelings the people can have about their physical, mental and emotion states and to then adapt their behaviors from that. People may learn such skills as pacing and relaxation to manage pain or they may alter their attitudes about their pain to gain more acceptance. It has been often used and recommend for FM but has it been effective?”

I actually thought it would be more effective than this meta-study indicated. But then even with depression it seems to depend on apparently… insula activity. And maybe that is why it is not as effective with FM, due to the hightened insula activity. However, people with FM can have comorbid depression and anxiety and CBT can be beneficial with both of those. So maybe it should not be as highly recommended as it is for FM, but that is not to say it doesn’t have potential. Many things have potential when you add them together.


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