By JoAnne Dahl,Carmen Luciano

A scientific perform consultant to assisting power discomfort victims reside richer, extra pleasant lives with soreness utilizing attractiveness and dedication treatment (ACT).

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Work piled up again at home. Everyone at home actually did less housework than they had done when I was working. They expected me to take care of them and all the household chores since I was always at home. My work friends stopped calling and I knew they had found a good substitute for me who was younger and more positive. I felt jealous and betrayed by them and didn’t want to visit there anymore. In fact, even when I thought of my work place I could feel pain and stressful feelings. That really convinced me that work was the cause of my suffering.

Rather than working with dysfunctional thoughts associated with pain, which was done previously, ACT introduces a radically different approach far more consistent with functional analysis. Function rather than content of language including thoughts characterized all therapeutic interactions, which literally ended most all conflicts. Through a more general functional approach to all language and more specifically through what is called defusion exercises the staff and the client learn to observe thoughts as thoughts and examine their function rather than content.

Aronsson, Gustausson & Dallner, 2000). These facts help show why the traditional medical model approach is so ineffective when faced with the problem of chronic pain and disability: these are very dominantly psychosocial problems. Perceived health status and tolerance for symptoms are far better predictors of work disability than are objective measures of health (Grossi, Soares, Angesleva, & Perski, 1999; Vendrig, 1999). It is how the person reacts to the symptom, rather than the symptom itself that determines health seeking behavior, disability and sick-listing (Saunders, Korff, & Grothaus, 2000; Linton, 2002).

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