Abstract

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic pain syndrome that is typically characterized by chronic and widespread pain; tenderness; sleep problems, fatigue, and muscle stiffness. Additional symptoms are many and can include cognitive impairment, numbness, and psychological distress such as anxiety and depression. FMS is typically diagnosed using criteria that were established by the American College of Rheumatology in 2010 and is currently experienced by approximately 5 million adults in the United States. A biopsychosocial conceptualization of the etiology of FMS currently exists, wherein the development of FMS is attributed to the interplay of particular predisposing, precipitating, and perpetuating factors. The management of fibromyalgia syndrome is diverse, often involving psychoeducation, certain pharmacological treatments, and particular nonpharmacological treatments. Among the common nonpharmacological treatment options is psychoeducational group therapy; several nuances of psychoeducational group therapy with fibromyalgia syndrome patients are discussed.

LLU Discipline

Psychology

Department

Psychology

School

School of Behavioral Health

First Advisor

Boyd, Kendal C.

Second Advisor

Katsaros, Emmanuel P.

Third Advisor

Vermeersch, David A.

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Degree Level

Psych.D.

Year Degree Awarded

January 2012

Date (Title Page)

8-1-2012

Language

English

Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings

Fibromyalgia - Therapy; Pain, Intractable; Stress, Psychological;

Subject - Local

Fibromyalgia syndrome, Cognitive impairment, Psychological distress

Type

Doctoral Project

Page Count

122 p.

Digital Format

Application/PDF

Digital Publisher

Loma Linda University Libraries

Usage Rights

This title appears here courtesy of the author, who has granted Loma Linda University a limited, non-exclusive right to make this publication available to the public. The author retains all other copyrights.

Collection

Loma Linda University Electronic Theses & Dissertations

Collection Website

http://scholarsrepository.llu.edu/etd/

Repository

Loma Linda University. Del E. Webb Memorial Library. University Archives

Included in

Psychology Commons

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