Rethinking the Psychogenic Model of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Somatoform Disorders and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine: 2 (2); 54-59
September 26, 2012
Article Type: Review Article
July 17, 2012
August 1, 2012
R J, Chopra
T. Rethinking the Psychogenic Model of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Somatoform Disorders and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome,
Anesth Pain Med.
Online ahead of Print
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.
Complex Regional Pain Syndromes; Somatoform Disorders; Conversion Disorder; Pain Disorders; Depression; Anxiety; Cognitive Therapy
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