The Emotional Basis for Chronic Pain

Presented by:
Dr. William Yvorchuk, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry

University of Florida


Faculty Disclosure:

Dr. Yvorchuk has disclosed that he has no relevant financial relationships. No one else in a position to control content has any financial relationships to disclose.

Conflict of interest information for the CME Advisory Committee members can be found on the following website: All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Release Date: July 21, 2022
Expiration Date:  July 20, 2025

Target Audience: All physicians

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participation in this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Determine the difference in emotional component of acute vs chronic pain.
  2. Define the differential pattern of connectivity of the NAC core and shell regions.
  3. Define the change in NAC connectivity with the chronification of pain.
  4. Determine that the chronification of pain arises through the limbic system and the addiction pathway.
  5. Determine that chronic pain has a primary emotional foundation.

Requirements for successful completion: Certificates are awarded upon successful completion (80% proficiency) of the post-test.

Accreditation: The University of Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit: The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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