A complex problem of vast dimensions, chronic pain is receiving increasing attention due to the expansion of knowledge of the neurophysiology, neurochemistry and psychology of pain. Chronic pain presents a challenge to many disciplines in the health professions, and one that is more recently being presented to the psychiatrist.This paper will attempt to define the problem of chronic pain, to explore the concept of organic versus psychogenic pain, to describe the psychodynamics and other characteristics seen in the chronic pain patient and to discuss the importance of the psychiatristin evaluation and treatment of chronic pain .
Ball, DO, Roberta
Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry: Vol. 2
, Article 3.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jeffjpsychiatry/vol2/iss2/3