Psychiatric disorders are very common. Almost a third of the population will suffer from some form of psychiatric condition at least once in their lifetimes.
Just as people can suffer from a physical disease, so their minds too can become ill. Patients who are plagued by chronic pain are particularly susceptible to mental disorders.
The causes of mental disorders may be genetic or organic, and can often be attributed to acute or sustained stress factors or a difficult social situation. Frequently, however, they are triggered by a combination of several of these factors.
Psychiatric disorders have a negative impact on the quality of life as well as professional and social capabilities. The correct diagnosis followed by suitable treatment can cure the disorder or at least improve it.
There is a clear link between psychiatric disorders and pain syndromes. Around 40 to 50 percent of pain patients suffer from some form of depression while patients with depressive tendencies have an increased risk of suffering from a pain syndrome.
Proven successful approaches to treating mental disorders include psychosocial therapy or psychotherapy combined with medication.