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Human Studies

2020 03 15

J Affect Disord


Dysfunctional pain perception and modulation among torture survivors: The role of pain personification.


Tsur N, Defrin R, Shahar G, Solomon Z
J Affect Disord. 2020 03 15; 265:10-17.
PMID: 31957687.


Individuals exposed to trauma, especially those who develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are at a higher risk of suffering from chronic pain as well as altered pain perception and modulation. However, the underlying mechanisms of these processes are yet to be established. Recent findings have indicated that trauma survivors tend to personify chronic pain that is developed after the exposure, in a way that resonates with the traumatic experience. The aim of this study was to test whether pain personification plays a significant role in explaining the long-term links between trauma, PTSD and pain.