Behaviors that express one's pain experience (pain behaviors) are often a main problem in managing patients with pain disorder. In the background of such pain behaviors lurks a strong desire for dependence often due to a conflict with the patient's mother. The object of the patient's desire for dependence becomes his or her nurse. If nurses accept and sympathize with the pain behaviors only when the pain behaviors are expressed. that would cause deterioration of the pain behavior and worsen the pain disorder. Although acceptance and sympathy for complaints are "paragons of virtues" in the education of nurses, such attitudes may contribute to the secondary deterioration of pain behaviors, espedally in the treatment of patients with pain disorders. Herein we report a case of a patient who had long received emotional abuse from her mother. A medical team of doctors,nurses and a psychologist was organized and responded to her desire for dependence to empower her adaptive behavior. As a result, the patient showed a remarkable behavioral improvement. In conclusion, nurses can utilize pain disorder patients' desire for dependence rooted in psychological conflict and can play an important role in the cognitive-behavioral team approach by showing regular nurturing reactions to them, while taking neutral attitudes toward their pain behaviors.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Japanese Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - May 1 2007|