Psychiatric and psychological problems associated with chronic pain

D. A. Fishbain

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Family physicians frequently encounter patients with chronic pain, and numerous psychiatric and psychological problems are associated with the presence of chronic pain. The purpose of this review is therefore to familiarize the family physician with the most common psychiatric syndromes encountered within the chronic pain population. Some of these psychiatric syndromes inter-relate with physical findings found within the chronic pain population, and emphasis is placed on this relationship. Pain facility treatment options are reviewed and the inter-relationships between physical findings and psychiatric syndromes are utilized to generate criteria for potential referral to a pain treatment facility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-83
Number of pages9
JournalPrimary Care Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997


  • Chronic pain patients
  • Psychiatric problems
  • Psychological problems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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