Deborah Barrett Interview!

by on January 31, 2013

Today I am really excited about posting the first in a series of video interviews with experts, researchers, doctors and other care providers focused on helping fibromyalgia patients improve the quality and effectiveness of their treatment efforts.

This video interview is with Dr. Deborah Barrett, author of the book Paintracking. Here is a very brief bio taken from her website -

Deborah Barrett, PhD, MSW, LCSW is a clinical associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a psychotherapist in private practice. She has published self-help articles on fibromyalgia and other chronic pains as well as scholarly papers on health and illness, global culture, and public policy.

Dr. Deborah Barrett

Dr. Deborah Barrett

My experience in meeting and speaking with Dr. Barrett has been phenomenal to the point of even being a bit strange. We were so “on the same page” that it was almost as if we had been reading each others notes! The first time we spoke and began sharing with each other what we had been working on – her Paintracking book and my FibroTrack application – it immediately became clear we had a great deal in common. We had read the same research, evaluated the same core self-management principals, taken to heart the same expert treatment advice and come to the same conclusion. Actually putting effective self-management concepts into every day use is very difficult. For individuals who struggle with fibro-fog, pain, depression, anxiety and other symptoms associated with chronic pain it can be overwhelming.

Dr. Barrett has done an incredible job with her book detailing not only why keeping consistent tracking records relative to chronic pain conditions is so important, she also has many detailed and effective strategies outlined for how to approach this. But her book is by no means just about the mechanics of tracking pain. The book goes into tremendous detail about how to live a better life through pain tracking and managing fibromyalgia including discussions of a tremendous number of lifestyle changes and treatment approaches. 

I cannot recommend this book enough. I wish I had written it – as a primer for individuals interested in using the FibroTrack system! The concepts and principals that Dr. Barrett details are very similar to those outlined in my own ebook (download it free from my website or Facebook page), but Paintracking goes much further. It is a more complete and better written review of this topic than my own ebook. This book really is a fantastic introduction for anyone looking for how to get started with an effective self-management process and the treatment elements that should be included. Paintracking is really a perfect companion to FibroTrack.

Dr. Barrett is a very enthusiastic supporter of the FibroTrack system. FibroTrack provides a platform and all the easy to use tracking tools to make this process much easier and more effective. That said – whether your interested in subscribing to FibroTrack or not, if your interested in improving the effectiveness of your Fibromyalgia treatment efforts, read this book!

Here is the full video interview -


If you are interested in buying the book Paintracking -  you can do so from by clicking the book cover here -


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To learn more about FibroTrack and how the FibroTrack system can help you improve the effectiveness of your Fibromyalgia treatment efforts – go to -  FIBROTRACK

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stacy hall February 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

This is a great book and very helpful to patients.


Chris W February 12, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I read this book a few months ago and loved it. I came up with my own daily tracking log, and have used that at doctors appointments. FibroTrack really gets what Dr. Barrett was talking about; tracking the things that are important to you and your pain. What works and what doesn’t. The book is a great addition to my library.


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