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  Mario Incayawar, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Mario Incayawar
Sioui Maldonado-Bouchard, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Sioui Maldonado-Bouchard
Dr. Michael Clark
Michael R. Clark

Overlapping Pain and Psychiatric Syndromes
Global Perspectives

Oxford University Press

Mario Incayawar, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Runajambi Institute
Sioui Maldonado-Bouchard, M.Sc. Ph.D., Université de Montréal & McGill University
Michael R. Clark, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., Honorary Editor, Johns Hopkins University



Upcoming in 2019

Chronic pain seldom presents alone. Pain patients frequently have comorbid psychiatric conditions and those suffering from mental illness often experience pain.

In a 1983 study, Reich et al reported that 98% of chronic pain patients reviewed by a University Pain Board had an Axis I psychiatric disorder, and 37% had an Axis II diagnosis. Those pain patients with psychiatric comorbidities appear to have lower improvement rates.

Veterans Administration patients being treated for chronic pain have two to three times the number of comorbidities as the general population. Nonetheless, the overlap between pain and psychiatric syndromes has been greatly overlooked by health professionals and biomedical researchers.

Pain conditions and psychiatric disorders have customarily been understood and treated as different and separate clinical entities, to the detriment of patients’ wellbeing.

This book will respond to the significant gap that exists in understanding the overlapping pain and psychiatric syndromes. Academic medical programs in the Americas and around the world have an urgent need to integrate knowledge brought by current developments in the social sciences, neurosciences, pain medicine and psychiatry related to pain and psychiatric comorbidity.

Our book will study the complex and striking relationships between pain and psychiatric disorders. It will be tailored to attract a broad cross-section of health professionals and academicians, including pain practitioners, psychiatrists, neurologists, primary care physicians, rheumatologists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and physical therapists.

Excerpts From Reviewers

The overlap between pain medicine and psychiatry includes large areas of knowledge and better understandings of these interstices of inquiry have tremendous potential to improve the lives of persons with pain.

Knox Todd, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas, USA.

The areas of suicidality, substance abuse and addiction, anxiety and mood disorders, somatization, and catastrophizing ideation all have implications in the management of pain. A book that brings together experts from a variety of disciplines related to pain and psychiatry will be well received by both clinicians and researchers from a broad range of backgrounds.

Knox Todd, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas, USA.

"This is one of the hottest topics in medicine today and an area of great interest. This is a badly needed book and important for the field. There are many requests for education in this area and a serious need for information that has been organized and digested."

"This book could bring some much needed information to the forefront and help to put ‘pain’ and associated psychiatric disorders in perspective."

"Yes, this is a much needed book. Advances in neuroscience, psychopharmacology, and pharmacoepidemiology (“opioid epidemic”) all support need for such a book."

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