Anxiety Symptoms, Chronic Pain or Depression: Getting Back to Work

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Anxiety Symptoms, Chronic Pain or Depression: Getting Back to Work

June 21, 2016 - 8:00 am
Are you someone with chronic pain, anxiety symptoms, depression, or are a cancer survivor and you are struggling to get back to your daily life at home or your job?

Or does that describe someone in your circle of family, friends or co-workers?

Then PGAP® : the Progressive Goal Attainment Program can help!

Is PGAP® for you?  Anxiety Symptoms, Depression, Chronic Pain, Cancer Survivor may be your health conditions.

A quote by Occupational Therapist Lise Bleau, who is one of 5 (and counting) Occupational Therapists at TOTAL ABILITY who are PGAP trained,

"PGAP®, The Progressive Goal Attainment Program, is an intervention designed to help people overcome challenges associated with their health condition and resume activities they were previously engaged in. It is a life-role reintegration” program."

PGAP® helps people like you get the skills you need to get back to your life and gives you a sense of meaning and purpose again in your everyday living at home or on the job.

Who does PGAP® help?

PGAP® is designed for people whose symptoms are stable but who still cannot get back to day to day living.

PGAP® helps you if you have pain, anxiety, depression, a chronic illness or disability or are a cancer survivor and struggle with:

-negative thinking,

-not doing things because your are afraid it will make things worse,

-feel a sense of injustice,

-feel very angry about your situation,

-no longer believe in yourself.


What does PGAP® do that other treatments don’t?

PGAP® helps you learn how to better manage your pain or discomfort.

It helps you change your beliefs about how your illness and symptoms affect your ability to do the things that are important to you.

PGAP® teaches you strategies that are especially important if you have a chronic condition.

Symptom reduction therapies and treatment focus on reducing the severity of your symptoms.

But sometimes symptom reduction therapies or treatment mean you stop doing things that are important in your daily life.

PGAP® teaches your how to continue to live your life in spite of your symptoms on good days or bad days.

And sometimes symptom reduction therapies and treatment don't work and you still have symptoms that do not go away.

If your symptoms are unlikely to improve and all the treatment and therapies you have tried so far have failed to make a difference then PGAP® is for you.


Why does PGAP® work when other strategies don’t?

PGAP® is not symptom focused.

It isn't trying to find a magic cure for your symptoms.

PGAP®  helps you develop strategies to do more not less at home, at work, at school, in your community.

It gets you involved again in activities that have purpose and meaning in your daily life and contribute to your self-esteem and your quality of life.


Why should physicians refer their patients for PGAP®?

Physicians should refer their patients to PGAP® if their patient is medically stable and as early as possible when treatment for symptoms is not working.


Why should an employer for example, pay for an employee’s PGAP®?

PGAP® has been extensively researched. Clinical trials show 50% improvement in the likelihood of return to work following a whiplash injury as an example.

In a 2003 study of WCB clients who received PGAP, 60% returned to work (compared to 18% of those who did not engage in PGAP). The positive outcomes linked with participation in the PGAP® program have been documented in a number of published research articles (Gauthier et al. 2006; Sullivan et al. 2006; Wideman et al. 2009).

Why should insurance companies pay for PGAP®?

Before the first session, the occupational therapist screens candidates for psychosocial risk factors to determine the person's suitability for participation in the program. The program is only offer to people who are likely to be successful with it.

Insurance companies do not have to waste time and money on a program that will not help.

Although PGAP® is described as a 10-week program, PGAP® stops as soon as soon as the employee is ready to resume employment, which often occurs before the 10 weeks are up. Regardless of the rate of improvement, if the objectives remain unmet PGAP® is never extended beyond 10 weeks.  Evidence shows that if treatment objectives are not met in 10 weeks they are unlikely to be met by extending the duration of the program.

What story does PGAP® tell about a person?

If you are someone with a chronic condition, depression, anxiety, chronic pain or are a cancer survivor know that you are not fragile but rather incredibly resilient to have been through a very difficult life period.

With the help of PGAP® you can get back to daily life and living.

Let our occupational therapists teach you how to deal with anxiety symptoms, chronic pain, stress, depression and other challenges that make it hard to get back to work and normal life. Help is a mouse click away!


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