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    Struggling to breathe? Feeling hot and sweaty? Coughing?  Is it Anxiety or COVID-19?

      With the easing of lockdown restrictions, some of my patients have reporting feeling more anxious because they are concerned that their symptoms seem like the symptoms of COVID-19. Feeling anxious about the COVID -19 pandemic is to be expected, however don’t let your mind race away and automatically assume you have COVID-19, you may…

    Anxiety, chronic pain, routine and coping with worries about Coronavirus

    One early symptom of coronavirus is muscle pain. Another is fatigue. I am not surprised then that I am seeing a high level of anxiety amongst my clients as these are things which are associated with chronic pain. Some people have been contacting me online http://www.apaininthemind.co.uk/contact/ to ask what to do.  Of course, I cannot…

    What do people with chronic pain have in common with elite athletes? They use sports psychology techniques…

      Following on from my interview with Pete Moore from The Pain Toolkit, I thought I would write about using sports psychology techniques in chronic/persistent pain management . If you suffer from chronic or persistent pain you may feel this is not for you. You have enough to deal with just getting through day to…

    Effects of sleep deprivation on psychological wellbeing

      Your central nervous system is the information highway of your body. Sleep is necessary to keep it functioning properly, but sleep deprivation / chronic insomnia can disrupt how your body usually sends information.  During sleep, pathways form between nerve cells (neurons) in your brain that help you remember new information you’ve learned. Sleep deprivation…

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