Psychogenic pain is physical pain that is caused, increased, or prolonged by mental, emotional, or behavioral factors.
Headache, back pain, or stomach pain are some of the most common types of psychogenic pain. It may occur, rarely, in persons with a mental disorder, but more commonly it accompanies or is induced by social rejection, broken heart, grief, love sickness, or other such emotional events.
Sufferers are often stigmatized, because both medical professionals and the general public tend to think that pain from psychological source is not "real." However, specialists consider that it is no less actual or hurtful than pain from other sources.
Medicine refers also to psychogenic pain as a form of chronic pain under the name of persistent somatoform pain disorder or functional pain syndrome. Causes may be linked to stress, unexpressed emotional conflicts, psychosocial problems, or various mental disorders. Some specialists believe that psychogenic chronic pain exists as a protective distraction to keep dangerous repressed emotions, such as anger or rage, unconscious.
It remains controversial, however, that chronic pain might arise purely from emotional causes. Treatment may include psychotherapy, antidepressants, analgesics, and other remedies that are used for chronic pain in general.
Adapted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Internet. Accessed on July 13, 2017.