Evaluating and Treating Pain in Psychiatric Patients
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 14, Number 9, September 2016
Michael Robert Clark, MD
Associate professor & director of the Chronic Pain Treatment Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD
Dr. Clark discloses that he has been a paid consultant to Collegium Pharmaceutical Inc. and Depomed, Inc. Dr. Carlat has reviewed this article and has found no evidence of bias in this educational activity.
Many chronic pain patients are dealing with psychiatric problems. Pain patients have tremendously high rates of major depressive disorder which is undertreated and underdiagnosed. It’s easy to assume that the depression is a reaction to living with chronic pain, but in fact it’s often the other way around. Dr. Michael Robert Clark describes evaluations and treatment methods clinicians can use to address pain management with their patients.