Pain Management: Mental And Emotional Reactions On Pain

Mental and emotional reactions on pain are various and strongly dependent on personal characteristic of an individual. The most common first emotional effects are fear, panic, tears, nervousness and anxiety. Individual effects of pain are loss of sleep and appetite, nausea, feeling tired and exhausted, desire to be alone (or fear to be left alone), inability to enjoy usual pleasures of life, etc. In order to get relaxation on mental level, it is important to find out an effective pain management strategy to ease the pain.

Further emotional reactions are deeper and harder to manage with. Many people, who feel chronic pains, feel hopelessness, helplessness, misery and despair. If pain does not allow an individual to work or to do some necessary tasks, it always terribly affects human psychology. In cases, when there is no opportunity to use painkillers, pain can bring people to screaming and crying. Sometimes long-lasting pains make people lose control over their own mind or demonstrate unusual behaviors, which lead to increase of own suffering.

For example, because of suffering permanent pain, people can come up with absolutely unreasonable conclusions. Some of them can have tendency not to tell anyone about their pain, because they are afraid to be labeled as complainers. Others can hide their suffering in order not to make people around sad and sympathetic, or not to feel as burden of the family. Some patients, on the contrary, can take their pain as God’s sentence; so they can tend to heroically survive with the pain and make every one around go through this, too.

Finally, the hardest stage of suffering pain can take place, when people display such reaction like deep depression or agony. In some situations the effects caused by hard pain can be considerable, like breaking of the relationship with loved ones, total social withdrawal, inability to cope with easy things, suicidal thoughts, and even mental disorders. Fortunately, the achievements of modern medicine allow the majority of people not to stand on long-term or hard pains and take some pain relieving therapy, but certainly some exceptional situations take place.

Probably, it would not be correct to say that the pain can cause only negative reaction of human mind and mental condition. There are known cases, when people who suffer pains become psychologically stronger and learn how to mobilize their powers in order to fight the disease and pains. Also, while learning effective pain management techniques, people can reach some spiritual heights, or become believers. Thus, pain causes various and complex effects on human activity, which are also strictly individual and personal factors.

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