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A transdiagnostic approach to pain and emotion
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Center for Health And Medical Psychology, CHAMP)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5359-0452
2013 (English)In: Journal of applied biobehavioral research, ISSN 1071-2089, E-ISSN 1751-9861, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 82-103Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Emotion and pain are known to be intimately related, but treating co-occurring problems is still in its infancy mainly because we lack a clear theoretical understanding of the underlying mechanisms involved. This lack of understanding is problematic because treatment has proved challenging and co-occurring pain and emotional problems are associated with poor outcome, relapse, and greater sick absenteeism.

Transdiagnostics has emerged as one way of focusing on the shared underlying mechanisms that drive comorbid problems. This approach has not been thoroughly examined for pain and emotion. Hence, the purpose of this review is to describe a transdiagnostic approach to pain and emotion and its clinical implications. To this end, the transdiagnostic approach is applied to pain and emotion in a narrative review of the literature. A focus on the function of emotion and pain relative to the context is underscored as a way to understand the relationship better. Avoidance, catastrophic worry, and thought suppression are put forward as three examples of potential transdiagnostic mechanisms that may underlie a co-occurring emotion and pain problem.

The approach is readily translated to the clinic where assessment and treatment should focus on identifying transdiagnostic mechanisms. However, additional exploration is needed and therefore suggestions for future research are presented.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 18, no 2, p. 82-103
Keywords [en]
pain, emotion, emotional problems, transdiagnostic mechanisms, Avoidance, catastrophic worry, thought suppression, assessment, treatment
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Psychology Medical and Health Sciences
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-41148DOI: 10.1111/jabr.12007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84879563787OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-41148DiVA, id: diva2:779699
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Potential Conflicts of Interest: none

This article was written during work on a project supported financially by the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research which is gratefully acknowledged. Dr. Ida Flink provided helpful comments on earlier drafts of this manuscript.

Available from: 2015-01-13 Created: 2015-01-13 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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