Pain Disorders

What Is Pain Disorders

Pain disorder is chronic pain experienced by a patient in one or more areas, and is thought to be caused by psychological stress. The pain is often so severe that it disables the patient from proper functioning. The duration may be as short as a few days or as long as many years.

Types of Psychogenic Pain

Headachesmuscle painsback pain, and stomach pains are some of the most common types of psychogenic pain.

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The diagnosis of psychogenic pain is made only when all other causes of pain are ruled out. A person with psychogenic pain disorder will complain of pain that does not match their symptoms. Medical doctors and mental health specialists working together are often most helpful to those with this disorder.

Treatment for psychogenic pain may include:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Antidepressants
  • Non-narcotic painkillers

Chronic, disabling pain affects all aspects of a person’s life. Psychiatry is the discipline that cares for the whole person, not just a single organ system. Our goal is to help patients change so that they can restore their function, engage in productive activities, and improve their quality of life. If we can define all the conditions responsible for chronic pain, regardless of whether they are psychiatric, medical, neurological, or surgical, then we can begin to design individual treatment plans with the patient.