Emotion and Pain
Posttraumatic stress is characterized by both strong emotions and in some cases blunted emotional reactions. Emotion regulation is central to the symptoms and the treatments for PTSD. In survivors of traumatic injury pain is also a prominent and debilitating problem. Both poor emotion regulation and chronic pain can lead to additional physical and mental health problems. The experience of pain is intertwined with emotion and emotion regulation. Indeed, these processes share similar neural circuitry. Identifying mechanisms and treatments that impact emotion regulation and pain are necessary to improve outcomes for those affected by traumatic injury.
- Presently, MTOP researchers are conducting ongoing scientific studies to:
- Measure neural functioning in brain regions involved in emotion regulation in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event to help inform how and when PTSD symptom develop in the future - Learn more about iSTAR
- Understand the role of endocannabinoids in the transition from acute to chronic pain following traumatic injury- Learn more about Endocannabinoids in Pain
- Establish and evaluate the benefits of a comprehensive clinic involving multiple providers focused on patient-centered care for recently discharged traumatic injury patients - Learn more about Trauma Quality of Life