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Psychiatry and Chronic Pain: An Associative Connection 

Psychiatry and Chronic Pain: An Associative Connection
Psychiatry and Chronic Pain: An Associative Connection

Hani Raoul Khouzam

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date: 18 January 2021

This chapter reviews some of the connections between psychiatry and chronic pain, highlighting the role that psychiatrists can play in diagnosing and treating chronic pain. Identifying and addressing the various psychiatric components of chronic pain can significantly contribute to successful rehabilitation, recovery, and improved overall functioning.

Psychiatric models (gate control, diathesis/stress, biopsychosocial–spiritual approaches, cognitive-behavioral transactional and cognitive-behavioral fear avoidance) are described to provide a theoretical basis for understanding the development and the clinical management of chronic pain.

This chapter also describes how psychiatrists can collaborate with primary care providers in managing chronic pain within the framework of multidisciplinary treatment teams.

It is important for healthcare professionals, regulators, law enforcement personnel, and legislators to identify the connection between psychiatry and chronic pain in the context of its diagnosis, management, and treatment.

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