Pain in one or more anatomical sites is the predominant focus of the clinical presentation and is of sufficient severity to warrant clinical attention.
The pain causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
Psychological factors are judged to have an important role in the onset, severity, exacerbation, or maintenance of the pain.
The symptom or deficit is not intentionally produced or feigned (as in Factitious Disorder or Malingering).
The pain is not better accounted for by a Mood, Anxiety, or Psychotic Disorder and does not meet criteria for Dyspareunia.
Note: this disorder is now lumped under Somatic Symptom Disorder in the updated 2013 DSM-5.
Psych Central. (2014). Pain Disorder Symptoms. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 2, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/disorders/pain-disorder-symptoms/
Symptom criteria summarized from:
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fifth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
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