Psychosomatic Reasons for Chronic Pains

Authors: Søren Ventegodt, MD, Joav Merrick, MD


In this issue of the Southern Medical Journal, the review by J. Rubin on psychosomatic pain1 quoted a study2 in which it was found that “college students with chronic pain yielded a history of abuse (physical and/or sexual) in 43.5% of the females (275 subjects) and 23.8% of the males (151 subjects).” We suggest that as many victims of sexual abuse repress their memory of the incident(s), the actual number of those with chronic pain who have been abused may in fact be even higher.

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