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Cognitive - Behavioral Therapy in Central Sensitivity Syndromes

[ Vol. 12 , Issue. 1 ]


David A. Williams   Pages 2 - 12 ( 11 )


Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a formal therapeutic approach that encourages selfmanagement of illnesses in accordance with the BioPsychoSocial model. CBT is composed of numerous skills grounded in known principles of behavioral and cognitive change. Each skill is designed to influence one of the facets associated with the perception of pain (i.e., sensory factors, emotional factors, or cognitive factors). Across the various Central Sensitivity Syndromes (CSS), CBT is thought to be beneficial to at least a portion of individuals afflicted. This paper provides a description of CBT, some recommendations for integrating CBT into clinical practice, and a brief review of the evidence supporting the use of CBT with various forms of CSS.


BioPsychoSocial, central sensitivity syndromes, chronic overlapping pain conditions, cognitive behavioral therapy.


Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Health System, 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, P.O. Box 385, Lobby M, Ann Arbor, MI 48106, USA.

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