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Psychiatric Disorders


 

Pain Disorder

 

Category


Somatoform Disorders

 

Etiology


Some suggest that reinforcement for the sick role may play a role in the development of pain disorder. Other’s suggest that unconscious conflicts are converted to pain symptoms.

 

Symptoms


Pain which causes significant distress or impairment in functioning which cannot be fully explained by a physician. It must be judged to be related to psychological factors and cannot be better explained by another disorder.

 

Treatment


Pain symptoms may decrease with therapy and improvement sin social and interpersonal functioning.

 

Prognosis


Poor. The course is typically chronic and persists for years, and often involves other symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and drug abuse.

 

 

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