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Understanding the point of pain reaction, and the need for further research into the treatment of chronic pain.

DISCLAIMER ​Information contained in this article is, at best, of a general nature and cannot substitute for the advice of a medical or health care professional. Brendan Mooney disclaims all responsibility and liability for any direct or indirect loss, damage, cost or expense whatsoever in the use of or reliance upon this information. To view our full disclaimer scroll to the bottom of this page.

How often do people who are living pain free consider what life is like for those experiencing chronic pain?

For many, the thought of living a life of constant pain is unfathomable but what most may not realise is that often it is not the pain itself that is most debilitating.

It is not uncommon for people with chronic pain to be unemployed, taking strong pain medications, financially stressed, unable to engage in most daily domestic tasks, and socially isolated due to being unable to participate in most of the activities of their friends.

One of the most striking features reported by those with chronic pain is a reduced quality of life. People often talk about the ‘things I used to be able to do’ but can no longer. It is typically a very difficult road for those with chronic pain who may also experience associated mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety.

The ensuing depression, anger and frustration (and not the physical pain itself) can become a significant burden for the person experiencing chronic pain. …


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DISCLAIMER ​Information contained in this article is, at best, of a general nature and cannot substitute for the advice of a medical or health care professional. Brendan Mooney disclaims all responsibility and liability for any direct or indirect loss, damage, cost or expense whatsoever in the use of or reliance upon this information. To view our full disclaimer scroll to the bottom of this page.

Self-harm refers to a person choosing to harm themselves, and the most recognised types of self-harm include cutting, scratching, burning or hitting. It is most common among young people, particularly adolescents.

Self-harm can be misunderstood by those who are around the person who is self-harming, hence developing greater awareness about this topic is key to supporting each other.

Self-harm is often a form of emotional relief for the person, and is not typically associated with suicide. For example, often people who cut themselves do not require stitches, as the cuts are surface layer.

Usually self-harm is also not a cry for help or wanting attention in some way. …


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DISCLAIMER ​Information contained in this article is, at best, of a general nature and cannot substitute for the advice of a medical or health care professional. Brendan Mooney disclaims all responsibility and liability for any direct or indirect loss, damage, cost or expense whatsoever in the use of or reliance upon this information. To view our full disclaimer scroll to the bottom of this page.

We are generally encouraged to communicate effectively in our relationships, but what does it really mean to communicate and express?

Unfortunately, we often do not fully communicate or express how we truly feel. Sadly, this way of living can result in a whole host of issues, such as another misunderstanding us, complication in conversation, and in some cases it may even lead to another having a completely distorted view of the truth. Difficulties with communication and expression can lead to dismissiveness, arguments, domestic violence, ending of relationships and on a larger scale even war between countries. …

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