Mindfulness reduces pain catastrophizing equally good as CBT. When pain strikes, we tend to catastrophize the pain by reactively thinking about ‘what if’ scenarios. A minor cut and we may start thinking about tetanus or gangrene. And this catastrophizing happens subconsciously, which means we are not aware of it.
Unfortunately, this catastrophizing adds to the underlying unpleasantness of the painful sensations. Reducing or avoiding this ‘what if’ scenarios can improve one’s pain experience. It turns out mindfulness can also be as effective as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
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