Pain disorder is the name given to a syndrome whose distinct symptom is pain.
The most common age of onset is between the ages of 40 and 50. The rate of the disorder showing up in first degree relatives has increased.
Pain is perceived as the penance for some crime or sin. Sometimes it can be is associated with anger.
The pain is persistent because the afflicted person believes that he deserves it.
Clinically the presence of distinct pain is required. Some researchers believe that chronic pain is a type of depression.
Pain disorder is chronic.
Analgesics do not help. TCA and SSRI group drugs are of benefit. It is believed that analytical orientation psychotherapy is effective.