More often than not, emotional pain is being dismissed as they are thought to be less significant than physical pain. However, it is very important to realise that emotional pain actually has a huge impact on a person’s physical and mental health.
Research has been done and it suggests that both emotional and physical pain may share some neurological similarities as both emotional and physical pain are linked to changes in the cingulate cortex and prefrontal cortex
Emotional pain is a kind of psychological pain that comes from non-physical sources. It could be originate from an insult or hurtful words from someone else or as a result of grief, regrets or losing of love ones. In some cases, it can be a result of some underlying mental disorder such as anxiety or depression.
Sometimes, people also refer emotional pain as psychic pain, spiritual pain, psychological pain, emotional suffering, soul pain or mental pain.
Some symptoms of emotional pain includes the feeling of:
In some severe cases, emotional pain can cause physical symptoms that has no identifiable physical cause or trauma.
There are numerous emotions that most people feel from time to time that can later develop into emotional pain if the emotions are intensified or persistent, which can affect a person’s daily living due to inability to function and perform normal daily activities. Some major emotions are listed below.
Here is a list of physical symptoms that might occur due to poorly managed emotions.
Most of the treatments for emotional pain usually involve resolving the underlying source of the symptoms. The two main type of treatments include psychotherapy and medication.
Psychotherapy can help with emotional pain by utilising talk therapy or cognitive behavioural therapy, which focuses on identifying negative emotions that might have caused the psychological pain and replacing them with more adaptive, realistic and positive thoughts and behaviour.
As emotional pain can be very distressing, people often turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as drugs and alcohol to try and numb the pain. Although drugs and alcohol do provide short-term relief of the symptoms, but they will cause greater damage in the long run, which isn’t worth it.
Here we recommend some healthier coming mechanisms that can help you manage your emotional pain:
At Lakeside Chiropractic, our experienced chiropractors can help you by easing some of your physical pain such as neck or muscle pain, allowing you to engage in exercises and cope with those difficult emotions easier and healthier. Lakeside chiropractic is located in Joondalup in Perth’s north and has visitors from many different suburbs including, Padbury, Kinross, Mindarie, Sorrento, Iluka, Carramar, Currambine, Tapping, Pearsall, Hocking and Woodvale. HICAPS Facilities available on site for major private health insurers (NIB, HCF, HBF, AHM, HCI and HIF) and also a part of the Medibank preferred practitioner and BUPA Members first network. If you would like to discuss any concerns, have any enquires or wish to book an appointment; feel free to contact one of our friendly staff on 9300 0095 or visit our website at www.lakesidechiro.com.au.