Why Isn’t Mental Pain Taken As Seriously As Physical Pain By Medical Profession?

I have lost count of the number of times I have complained to a doctor, therapist or psychiatrist about the torment of living in constant, excruciating mental pain rendering me unable to function in almost every meaningful aspect of life (and non-meaningful aspects, come to that, only to be met with an apathetic yawn and …

Can Someone Suffer From More Than One Personality Disorder?

The short answer is yes. We have seen from numerous other articles that I have previously published on this site that those who have been unfortunate enough to have suffered severe, protracted, interpersonal childhood trauma are at increased risk of being diagnosed with a personality disorder in adult life. But how many personality disorders can …

‘Psychache’ And Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Shneidman coined the term ‘PSYCHACHE‘ and he used the word to refer to unbearable mental pain, inner torment and turmoil. He theorized that this terrible mental pain was caused by: unmet psychological needs (see ‘UNMET CORE NEEDS’ below). and a combination of various negative emotions (including guilt, fear, helplessness and loneliness) to form a GENERALIZED …

A Study Into The Terrible Mental Pain Experienced By BPD SUfferers.

    Borderline Personality Disorder And Depression: A large majority of borderline personality disorder (BPD) suffer at least one episode of major depression during their lifetime. However, does the kind of mental pain experienced by those with suffering from BPD and depressive disorder differ from the kind of mental pain experienced by those suffering from …

Forensic Inpatients, Crime, Complex PTSD, Childhood Trauma

We have already seen from numerous other articles that I have previously published on this site that there is an association between the early life experience of interpersonal childhood trauma and the development of violent and aggressive tendencies which may persist into adulthood and even lead to a label of ‘antisocial personality disorder’ or, even, …

The Difference Between Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy And Psychoanalysis

  It is not uncommon for people to be unclear about the difference between psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. So how do these four terms differ? To answer this question, let’s look at each in turn:  1. A clinical psychologist has expertise in both normal human behaviour and abnormal human behaviour. In connection with the …

Effects Of Childhood Trauma On The Stress Hormone Cortisol

We have seen from many other articles that I have published on this site that severe and protracted childhood trauma can greatly impair our ability to control our stress levels as adults (meaning we are more adversely affected by stress than the average person, both in terms of our physical and mental health). Cortisol is …

The ‘Orphanhood Effect’ And Related Phenomenon

Many exceptionally successful people (in terms of personal achievement) can trace the source of their success to their childhood suffering. One example of this is the so-called ‘orphanhood effect.’ Of course, losing a parent as a child is a terrible experience. but, for some, as alluded to above, the loss can act as a spur …

Possible Effects Of Maternal Depression On Infants’ Cognitive, Social And Emotional Development

Mothers suffering from serious depression are less likely than non-depressed mothers to interact with their infants in joyful, stimulating and positive ways. Instead, they are more likely to demonstrate negative moods around their infants, to exhibit more anxiety, sadness and agitation, to be less playful, to smile and laugh less, to frown more, to lack …