Pain affects all of us at some time, and most of us are afraid of it. Ask most people what they fear most about an illness and the answer is, invariably, being in pain.
The psychiatrists at our clinic believe that pain has physical and emotional components and the two are intricately interrelated. All too often a patient who is referred to a psychiatrist for pain management would become defensive believing that such referral indicates that they are not being taken seriously, that doctors think “it is all in my head”.
The reality is that pain, like pleasure, is always in our head, because the brain is the processor of all impulses that come from the periphery of the body through its vast network of spiderweb like tentacles of peripheral nerves.
Psychotropic medications, along with all other methods of pain management, may assist in modifying the perception of these pain stimuli and, therefore, modify perception of pain.
What is Pain Disorder
Psychiatric definition of a pain disorder as defined by DSM IV TR(Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders Version IV revised) is in the section of somatoform disorders, a term which implies that the symptoms are physical but are not entirely understood as a consequence of a general medical condition.
Pain disorder is classified as a mental disorder because of the recognition that psychological factors play a significant role in generation, maintenance and response to treatment in painful conditions.
We provide treatments for pain associated with
- traumatic injuries related to WorkCover or TAC
- rheumatic conditions
- back injuries
The treatments provided in our pain management clinic are individual as well as day treatment programmes and consist of a combination of:
- cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT),
- relaxation and meditation techniques
- light and sound entraining.