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Endometriosis is a chronic pelvic disease causing pain and derivative problems that may require more than medical intervention. This article advocates a mindfulness based approach focussing on pain management for this client group. In the context of Western psychotherapy, mindfulness can be characterised as: awareness, observation, and description of sensory experience without judging or reacting. Mindfulness training has proven efficient for management of stress and chronic pain in other domains, and the article provides a sketch for its application to endometriosis. A clinical case fleshes out the main themes by intertwining the voices of therapist and client. Main themes are: improvement of sleep, management of pain, resource-demand-balance, and relationship with the life partner. Limitations and potentials of the approach are discussed.
|Translated title of the contribution||Mindfulness as pain management tool for women with endometriosis.|
|Journal||Psyke og Logos|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
- Endometriosis, chronic pain, mindfulness