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.