Jordan Peterson – Advice for People With Chronic Pain

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Viewer from Patreon has chronic pain and wants to become more productive in life. Peterson gives his own advice and tips on how to deal with it physically and mentally.


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jonathan bacon says:

i have a chronic pain syndrome. It’s like living in a constant tortured state. I feel like I’m submersed in boiling water, depressed, anxious and can’t sleep. It’s like being trapped between a life not worth living – and not wanting to die.

Christian90z Bunke says:

I have a really hard time accepting my limitations when I know that if I wasn't in chronic pain I would be much farther in life. I worked longer than I should have because I was in denial about how sick I am. I felt good about working my way out of a poor home, I was by no means rich but I don't have a giant standard of what material goods I need to be happy. When I had enough money to pay for my living, some entertainment and had enough to put into a savings account each month I felt happier then any of my years in school since my colleagues didn't beat me up like my classmates did. I worked my way up faster then expected and was at the first top of the hill and was ready to move to the next stage and then I had to stop working.

U feel like a useless fucking leech and I at one point tried to kill myself cause I thought the pain I put my family through, me not being normal and never will be, was worse then not living at all and that it would spare them.

Anng G says:

Pain, brain fog, low energy. I can fine a job can I can do. After been a chef. Life is not worth living.

Selvi Nicholls says:

My chronic pain is only subtle, and a symptom of hyper mobility.
I’m just so grateful it’s not worse.

Jules P. says:

As a long time suffer of severe chronic pain and disability, this is great advice. I’ve been falling into the trap of viewing my lack of accomplishments as a moral failing, this is so not helpful and counter productive, it’s also wrong and misguided. It can be very hard to have compassion for oneself when you feel like haven’t done enough with your life and chronic pain and disability has kept you away from a richer life, but if you don’t learn self compassion and continue to practice it regularly, you open yourself up to feelings of resentment and bitterness, and make no mistake, these feelings left unchecked and unchallenged can be disastrous, they can eat you up. There is a saying “you either get bitter, or you get better,” this saying has a lot of truth to it, and “better” does not mean the condition goes away, it means you handle it better and you are able to find some degree of peace and meaning and love in your life despite the constant barrage of pain and suffering. I’ve had times where I’ve handled my pain gracefully and been open to compassion and felt brief moments of joy that sustained me, however, lately my condition has worsened significantly and I’ve fallen into bitterness and despair and harsh self criticism and judgment. I’m working on turning the tides and on finding my way out of bitterness and towards some kind of acceptance, peace, and compassion, it is hard, hard work. Good luck people. And thank you Jordan Peterson, I have a deep respect for you, so to hear your words on this subject truly means a lot. Godspeed.

Slowlikehoney Too says:

Sound advice, I'm dealing with chronic pain for the last three years and to this day struggle with so many things. It's very hard to find someone to talk to and trust bc no one understands unless they have gone through it.
Depression and anxiety fuel pain and it leads to a solitary way of living. Getting to appointments is difficult especially when you find it difficult to shower etc… finding the strength is a self defeating act in itself!

Sarah Eichelberger says:

I have to say this is out and out bad advice – so many other helpful and healthful alternatives exist in the 21st Century. Anti-depressants are in no way the way to go if one wants the best solution to their chronic pain. But this is what is taught in Universities on how people might best deal with chronic pain, this is what is told to people who seek out professional opinions. It is tragic, and the consequences are overwhelmingly unhelpful. Dr. Jordan Peterson is a crushing example of what is wrong with Western Medicine as he was educated in these methods or better said, he was indoctrinated into believing this is the way to go. If you are dealing with chronic pain see a doctor who practices functional medicine and being also an alternative/integrative doctor, in addition, would be a huge plus. Stop follow the western medical model by all means. Wake up! Be well, heal, thrive.

M. Tere says:

Muchas gracias por este vídeo. No se puede imaginar, profesor Peterson, lo que sus palabras me han reconfortado. Le deseo mucha salud.

Cassandra Etc says:

SSRIs such as the one mentioned here don’t ever have enough evidence to prove benefits for pain. SNRIs however such as Venlafaxine and Duloxetine are shown to help.

Richard P says:

I suffer from Chronic pain. I have a rare illness which is akin to having a constant gall stone attack.
The biggest challenge by far is that it sabotages your ability to live a full life. Whilst the consequences on your behaviour might be because of the pain rather than becoming morally confused, the pain does exacerbate any pre existing moral confusion or destructive behaviour you already have.
Its a question I've been wanting to ask Dr Peterson for some time now. I have found daily mindfulness sessions tailored for chronic pain to be highly effective

DeskTornado says:

Thank you for this. Even after 18 years after my car accident and still doing everything I can to manage I still feel so guilty sometimes that I have to lay down so much. I don't want to be a slacked. My son has had serious health problems most his life and his dad died, thank goodness we have had family to help. I can't explain what it's like to have a seriously ill child and be so sick yourself you can barely care for him. I prayed a lot.

SeouL says:

Anybody dealt with chronic digestive issues for many years? I feel im in the minority…

SaR D says:

Fuck my chronic pain

tubeyourself says:

Does he have more videos on chronic pain? Or relating to insomnia as a result of chronic pain and trying to fit in to the professional workforce?

Matthew Desmond says:

Cannabis is the only medication that I have found that works. So because I live in UK I'm a criminal… Fantastic

Sharon Crandall says:

Right on Dr. Petersen! I am 76 years old and have had chronic pain for almost 25 years. I suddenly contracted Fibromyalgia. Overnight, I went from walking 1-2 miles, plus ballroom dancing 2-3 times a week, to not being able to fold a batch of clothes in one sitting, because of pain and fatigue. After diagnosis, I went to a support group for Fibro.  The first time it was nice to be around people who understood; but the second time I just looked around the room and said, “Oh no!” this is not for me. These people were not looking for solutions but only someone to sit on the pity pot with them. Long story short. I improved somewhat, after pursuing various avenues; but with added back problems I suffer quite a lot of pain, in spite of medication.  This is my formula for creating the best quality of life I can: 1.  Have goals. I am a Personality Manager and I have goals writing my books, making videos, and mentoring others. 2. Focus on what I CAN do and accept that as my victory, no matter how small.  3. No guilt trips for what I can’t do or complete. 4.  Continue to be open to solutions.  5.  Have a good cry when you can’t go on, then let it pass and begin again.

cagedheat3 says:

Many people mentioned cannabis, but if you are concerned with the thc adding to fatigue/depression, you might think about CBD oil. It doesnt have a psychoactive effect but treats pain.

KundaliniKid says:

If you have moderate to severe chronic pain that can't be treated by doctors and you have been beating your head against the wall looking for a solution in the medical world then I would recommend you to use Ayahuasca. That is of course if it is something that you feel called towards. Do it with a shaman you can trust -not on your own. I had chronic pain on the entire left side of my body accompanied with severe fatigue for almost 10 years and it felt so damn real but doing ayahuasca helped me see the intentions, behaviors, and habits in my life that were causing me this pain. It truly is a medicine. Meditation can help as well.

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