Current Issues of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

Psychological aspects of temporomandibular disorders – literature review

Curr Issues Pharm Med Sci., Vol. 28, No. 1, Pages 55-59

Marcin Berger1, Justyna Oleszek-Listopad2, Milena Marczak3, Jolanta Szymańska4*

1 Department of Functional Masticatory Disorders, Medical University of Lublin, Poland 
2 Department of Dental Prosthetics, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
3 General Psychology Department, Institute of Psychology, Marii Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland
4 Chair and Department of Paedodontics, Medical University of Lublin, Karmelicka 7, 20-081 Lublin, Poland

DOI: 10.1515/cipms-2015-0044


Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) constitute a group of clinical problems involving the masticatory muscles, the temporomandibular joint and associated structures. An etiological connection of TMD with psychological factors was proposed as early as the 1980’s. Indeed, the interdependence of psychological and health aspects in the patient’s treatment, place light upon the more important variables contributing to the various mental disorders that may accompany TMD. Current literature suggests a close relationship between TMD and selected psychological factors, such as personality traits, stress, depression, anxiety, and catastrophizing. Of note, anxiety-depressive disorders, somatisation and catastrophizing contribute to chronic TMD, mainly in the form of myofascial pain. Hence, knowledge of the influence of psychological factors affecting TMD, enables the identification of patients with an increased risk of chronic painful TMD.


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emporomandibular disorders, psychological stress, depression, anxiety.


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