Stop Bleeding

Long after the original dagger has been wiped clean of blood, wounds of failure, loneliness and rejection often never heal.  We learn to cover them up with smiles and long sleeves to keep them hidden from view.

Emotional wounds lie on the surface. They get bumped, scrapped and ripped opened over and over throughout our lives. We habituate to our emotional pain and don’t look for help until our body starts talking to us through physical symptoms.

Many of you who know me well know I often speak in “hyperbole”.  All of you know I’m not now exaggerating.  Watch this excellent TedTalk.

“We’ll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.”

9 thoughts on “Stop Bleeding

  1. Why don’t I go for emotional injuries? Hmm… I guess because they’re harder to identify, characterize. It’s like when I first went for my headaches. The doctors default attitude was, ‘You’re just whining’. One even told me he worked with headaches so why shouldn’t I? I guess they scared me off?

    I’m not sure.

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    1. Jacqui,
      When I first became symptomatic with fibromyalgia it was not recognized as “real” so I have a certain (not complete) understanding of my doctors dismissing it. BUT HEADACHES!!!!!!!!!!!!! My auto-mechanic has greater compassion and more diligence than the doctors you describe. That is an outrage and I can understand why you’d be scared off. Headaches are real and have an underlying physical cause. Headaches and every single physical symptom humans experience can be exacerbated by emotional issues. Emotions are biochemical, neurochemical messages to the entire body not just what we used to think of as “merely psychological”. Geeeeeeez, how you were treated makes my blood boil.

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