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The Importance of Pain Relief For Emotional Symptoms

Posted Jan 30 2011 12:40pm
Pain is such a common experience, that we ignore it. There are all the variations of physical pain, and we recognize and try and treat those symptoms without hesitation.

There is a whole different realm of pain, that we completely ignore. I am talking about emotional pain. More and more research is showing the damage that our brains experience when we undergo emotional pain. Long Term Pain Remains

I have started addressing emotional pain as I would any other symptom in practice. Emotional pain gets pain relief. For me that means white willow bark. But if my children were traveling and something happened I would even consider drugs that I never use like tylenol.

But what about the challenges and test of childhood that make us grow up to be people of substance? I honestly don't think they exist. In my experience, the greater the number of emotional traumas reported by patients the greater the likelihood of disordered emotional states like anxiety and depression.

I really believe that it is time to start paying attention to emotional pain, as pain. It is is important as doctors that we start doing whatever we can to mitigate the effects of the illness.

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