BPD Behaviors Interpreted As ‘Manipulative’ Driven By Mental Agony

Sadly, many individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD) are stigmatized by others and, amongst other pejorative terms, are frequently described as ‘manipulative’. However, in recent years, it has been increasingly recognized that intentionally manipulative behavior is, in fact, NOT a defining characteristic of BPD sufferers after all; this shift in attitude is best exemplified […]

The Link Between Borderline Personality Disorder And Chronic Pain

Pain is not a purely physical phenomenon but also has emotional, biological and psychological components. This mind-body connection means that not only can psychological difficulties contribute to the experience of physical pain but also the reverse, physical pain can lead to emotional and psychological problems. David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE)David Hosier MSc holds two […]

How Stress Can Intensify Experience Of Physical Pain

We have already seen in other articles that I have published on this site that stress leading can have a numbing effect and reduce the experience of pain (i.e. have an analgesic effect), animal studies suggest that both chronic and acute stress can also intensify the experience of pain (i.e. have a hyperalgesic effect). In […]

Having Borderline Personality Disorder Hurts : Psychogenic Pain And BPD

We have seen from other articles that I have already published on this site that many professionals who work within the field of mental health consider borderline personality disorder (BPD) to be the most psychologically and emotionally painful psychiatric condition there is. On top of this terrible mental suffering, many individuals with BPD also must […]

Depression: Components Of The Mental Pain Experienced By Sufferers

We have seen from numerous other articles that I’ve published on this site that if we experienced severe and chronic interpersonal childhood trauma we are, as adults, at an elevated risk of developing clinical depression (as well as a plethora of other psychiatric and, indeed, physical conditions). We have also seen that, if we are […]

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 […]

‘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.

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 depressive disorder only (i.e. without co-existing BPD)? […]

Desperation To Escape Mental Anguish Caused By Childhood Trauma

Extreme Mental Pain We have seen in other articles that I have previously published on this site that, if we have suffered severe and long-lasting childhood trauma, and, in particular, were brought up by parents who were emotionally disconnected from us, rejecting, indifferent, absent, abusive (verbally, physically, sexually, psychologically) or neglectful (or, as is frequently […]

Why Rejection Is So Painful : An Evolutionary Explanation.

Due to the forces of evolution, our brains have developed, first and foremost, to keep us alive, irrespective of whether the emotions that drive us to do cause us pleasure or pain; in this sense, the process of evolution is entirely indifferent as to whether or not we are happy; indeed, this is why our […]

Childhood Trauma And Its Link To Adult Chronic Pain.

DISCLAIMER: NEVER ASSUME PAIN IS DUE TO PSYCHOLOGICAL CAUSES – ALWAYS CONSULT AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL TO HAVE ITS CAUSE PROPERLY INVESTIGATED. The rehabilitation specialist, Dr John Sarno (Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University, theorized that a significant amount of chronic pain reported to doctors is connected to repressed rage, often stemming from […]

BPD, Feeling Painfully Empty, The ‘Leaky Cup’ Metaphor And Thrill Seeking

  When a child is born into the world, s/he is utterly helpless and dependent upon his / her mother, and, in the early days of life, as long as his / her mother is present and sufficiently responsive to his / her needs, the baby is able to feel relatively safe, content and secure. […]

Should We Stop Using Electroconvulsive Therapy? My Experience.

Childhood trauma can lead us to become severely clinically depressed as adults, and this happened to me. Electroshock therapy or Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) is only used as a last resort on people who are at high risk of suicide and/or are unable to function in even the most basic areas of life. ECT is, in fact, misunderstood […]