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How to motivate an unmotivated pain patient. How do you get them to want to participate in their treatment plan? Tips from a pain psychologist.
Patients with chronic pain are usually referred to a psychiatrist out of frustration. The patient is frustrated with their pain management. The physician is frustrated with the patient’s poor response to treatment. Read how to better understand your chronic pain patients.
It has been well established that there are high levels of comorbidity between chronic pain conditions and mental health disorders. Moreover, psychiatric conditions, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, personality disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), occur more frequently in patients with chronic pain than in the general population.
Pain relief is the primary reason why patients in the United States undergo elective surgery. However, it has been reported that approximately 10% of patients who undergo surgery will develop chronic pain. This article points out a number of psychological factors that should be kept in mind before elective surgery is considered in patients experiencing persistent or chronic pain.
Article provides an overview of the various roles that psychology and psychologists play in pain management for chronic pain patients.
This article discusses the psychiatric model of treating chronic pain, including a discussion of why psychiatric illnesses do not need to be present in order for the psychiatric model to be successfully used in achieving the multidisciplinary goal of biopsychosocial balance.
Evaluating a chronic pain condition from a one-dimensional biological perspective is limiting, and often fails to fully explain the patient’s symptoms. Consequently, assessment requires not only the examination of the biological dimension, but of the psychological and social dimensions as well.
Intractable Pain (IP) patients not only present unique factors that differentiate them from other patient groups, but also each individual’s background, personality, coping skills, etc. requires additional adaptation.
A review of the evolution in electrical and photo stimulation for effectively treating depression in chronic pain patients.
Several years ago, I had quite limited time available for direct clinical work with patients with chronic pain. As the waiting time for a new appointment increased, so too did my discomfort with asking patients in urgent need of help to wait for treatment.
The dramatic personality disorders of the Cluster B type, which can wreak havoc in an interdisciplinary pain treatment program, present clinics with a dilemma in handling these troublesome patients.
The patient's personality and emotional state may adversely affect the use of medication such as opioids and treatment outcomes. Why it's important to consider the mental and emotional health of your chronic pain patients.
In some disorders, such as migraine and tension headaches, up to 80% of patients could benefit from biofeedback. Should you be using it in your chronic pain patients?
A comprehensive approach to pain management must address the psychological dimension with special emphasis on the patient's own unique psychological response to chronic pain.
This article discusses the taxonomy of pain patient behavior. Perspectives on understanding motivations of patients exhibiting functional overlay and effectively dealing with the confounding behavioral aspects are also discussed.
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