EAET: A Game-Changer for Chronic Pain in Older Adults

New research from UCLA reveals that Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET) notably reduces chronic pain in older adults. The study compared EAET with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and found EAET to be more effective. It also shows sustained benefits in reducing pain and addressing psychiatric conditions like PTSD, anxiety, and depression.

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 14-06-2024 16:42 IST | Created: 14-06-2024 16:42 IST
EAET: A Game-Changer for Chronic Pain in Older Adults
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New research from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has shown Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET) to be significantly effective in alleviating chronic pain among older adults. The study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open, revealed that 63% of older adults receiving EAET experienced at least a 30% pain reduction, compared to only 17% undergoing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

The research involved over 120 male veterans aged 60-95 years, all suffering from musculoskeletal pain for at least three months. While CBT is known for developing coping strategies without addressing past traumas, EAET specifically targets unresolved past traumas and emotional stress. This distinction is crucial as the study found over 40% of EAET participants maintained reduced pain six months post-treatment, compared to just 14% of those receiving CBT.

Apart from physical pain, EAET also showed considerable effectiveness in addressing psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Over two-thirds of the study participants had a psychiatric diagnosis, with one-third suffering from PTSD. Lead author Brandon Yarns emphasized that EAET helps patients face difficult emotions like anger, guilt, and sadness with honesty and self-compassion, potentially releasing years of emotional burden.

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