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(p. 215) The Unified Protocol for Chronic Pain
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(p. 215) The Unified Protocol for Chronic Pain
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Laura A. Payne

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10.1093/med-psych/9780190255541.003.0013
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date: 15 June 2019

Chronic pain represents a complex interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors and is associated with high rates of anxiety and mood disorders. Evidence now highlights the importance of potential common factors underlying both pain and emotions. One of these factors—neuroticism—has been linked with both mental and physical health concerns, including chronic pain. The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP) specifically targets neuroticism/negative affect and may be an ideal treatment to address both emotions and pain. This chapter describes the case of “Lisa,” a patient suffering with chronic pain and anxiety, and how specific components of the UP were applied to help her with her symptoms.

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