What is Emotional Pain? - A Review of Pathophysiology and Treatment Options

Ahsan Zil-E-Ali, Rooha Tariq, Nimra Pervaiz, Muhammad Aadil, Asad Ali, Asma Ahmed, Sara Rahim khan

Abstract

Pain is a dynamic process that involves multiple physiological systems for the perception and its outcomes. The basic pain process involves a complex neurological process. and biochemical changes. Emotional pain is an extended form of the already known pain where the stimuli are emotional of nature that involves abstract feelings, for example, losing a loved one. Like the pain, now there is a growing evidence that emotional pain also involves inflammatory process and the behavioral approach is directly linked with them. This association can help us modify the emotional pain by modulating the inflammatory processes that already known to us.   Other than therapeutic and known interventions, mindfulness, writing therapy, exposure based intervention and other actions can help us in just not treating the condition but can serve as exploration of other avenues of the pain physiology. Emotional Pain has always been the part of human history but one of the least discussed form of pain. Multiple neuropsychiatric studies can help further in evaluation of this process.

Keywords

Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, Emotional Pain, Mindfulness, Psychiatric Health, Mental Health

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