Pain, physical or mental, is an alarm bell, trying to tell us that something needs to change. In the case of cancer patient Denise Tam (pictured), she realised “there was a lot of unspoken pain which I didn’t address”.  Photo: Denise Tam
Pain, physical or mental, is an alarm bell, trying to tell us that something needs to change. In the case of cancer patient Denise Tam (pictured), she realised “there was a lot of unspoken pain which I didn’t address”. Photo: Denise Tam
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‘Invisible pain is something you can’t speak about’: why we need to admit that mental pain affects us physically, and how to relieve it

  • Invisible pain is something we can’t put our finger on. It can be caused by buried feelings, trauma or high self-expectation, people tell a panel discussion
  • We go to doctors to find the source of our pain without thinking about the mind, a psychiatrist tells the panel. His prescription? Be gentler on ourselves

Pain, physical or mental, is an alarm bell, trying to tell us that something needs to change. In the case of cancer patient Denise Tam (pictured), she realised “there was a lot of unspoken pain which I didn’t address”.  Photo: Denise Tam
Pain, physical or mental, is an alarm bell, trying to tell us that something needs to change. In the case of cancer patient Denise Tam (pictured), she realised “there was a lot of unspoken pain which I didn’t address”. Photo: Denise Tam
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