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Rethinking the Psychogenic Model of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Somatoform Disorders and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

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Renee J. J. Hill 1 , * , Pradeep Chopra 2 , Toni Richardi 3

1 Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, rjuliannag@gmail.com, USA

2 Brown Medical School, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA

3 Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, USA

How to Cite: Hill R J, Chopra P, Richardi T. Rethinking the Psychogenic Model of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Somatoform Disorders and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Anesth Pain Med. Online ahead of Print ; 2(2):54-59. doi: 10.5812/aapm.7282.

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Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine: 2 (2); 54-59
Published Online: September 26, 2012
Article Type: Review Article
Received: July 17, 2012
Accepted: August 1, 2012
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Abstract

Abstract: Explaining the etiology of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) from the psychogenic model is exceedingly unsophisticated, because neurocognitive deficits, neuroanatomical abnormalities, and distortions in cognitive mapping are features of CRPS pathology. More importantly, many people who have developed CRPS have no history of mental illness. The psychogenic model offers comfort to physicians and mental health practitioners (MHPs) who have difficulty understanding pain maintained by newly uncovered neuro inflammatory processes. With increased education about CRPS through a biopsychosocial perspective, both physicians and MHPs can better diagnose, treat, and manage CRPS symptomatology.

Keywords

Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Somatoform Disorders Conversion Disorder Pain Disorders Depression Anxiety Cognitive Therapy

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