suggest that reinforcement for the sick role may play a role in the
development of pain disorder. Others suggest that unconscious conflicts
are converted to pain symptoms.
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
symptoms may decrease with therapy and improvement sin social and
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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