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.
School of Behavioral Health
Boyd, Kendal C.
Katsaros, Emmanuel P.
Vermeersch, David A.
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Fibromyalgia - Therapy; Pain, Intractable; Stress, Psychological;
Subject - Local
Fibromyalgia syndrome; Cognitive impairment; Psychological distress
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Vasquez, George E. Jr., "Training Manual for Providers of Psychoeducational Services to FMS Patients" (2012). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 103.
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