Forgiveness Intervention Helps Women with Fibromyalgia Abused During Childhood Improve their Condition

Forgiveness Intervention Helps Women with Fibromyalgia Abused During Childhood Improve their Condition
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the International Forgiveness Institute in Wisconsin revealed in a study published in the journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice that an intervention based on forgiveness offers emotional and medical benefits for women with fibromyalgia who have suffered abuse during childhood. The study is entitled “A Forgiveness Intervention for Women With Fibromyalgia Who Were Abused in Childhood: A Pilot Study.” Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder characterized by widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, stiffness and numbness in certain parts of the body, headaches, sleep disorder and mood alterations. Fibromyalgia can affect people’s ability to conduct simple daily tasks, compromising their quality of life. Women are usually more affected than men. It has been suggested that childhood abuse or trauma may change the body’s response to stress, causing neuronal dysfunction and abnormal pain messages in the brain, potentially leading to the development of fibromyalgia. In fact, people with fibromyalgia have been reported to have a higher prevalence of childhood abuse (21% to 53%) in comparison to the American population in general (14.2% to 32.3%). Childhood abuse and trauma has also been linked to anxiety, depression, anger and low self-esteem in adulthood. Conditions also reported in many abused individuals with fibromyalgia. In this study, researchers conducted a pilot experiment wi
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