Brain Areas Tied to Anxiety Linked to Psychological Blocks in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Finds

Brain Areas Tied to Anxiety Linked to Psychological Blocks in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Finds
Areas of the brain tied to stress and anxiety responses are linked to psychological inflexibility — the inability to pursue goals while being in pain and feeling negative — in people with fibromyalgia, a study reports. These findings contribute to the understanding of psychological flexibility in the context of fibromyalgia, and open new avenues of research into the role of these specific brain regions in chronic pain. The study, “The Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis as a Brain Correlate of Psychological Inflexibility in Fibromyalgia,” was published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been the psychological treatment of choice to manage chronic pain for many years. Despite showing some effectiveness compared to standard treatment, its effects are moderate at best.  An alternative, called
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