What you need to know about
Psychogenic pain disorder
Psychogenic pain (PP)is not a recognised diagnosis. It’s a term for a pain disorder caused by psychological causes. Beliefs, anxieties, and powerful emotions can all contribute to, worsen, or prolong suffering. The phrase is no longer widely used, as it was once associated with an inability to identify medical causes for pain. We now know that many chronic aches are caused by neural system changes rather than illness or physical damage, normal tests and examinations are no longer considered evidence that the pain is caused by psychological reasons.