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How Pain Can Be Harmful

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Pain can be harmful becuase it can:

  • Be incapacitating.
  • Affect day-to-day functioning.
  • Interfere with normal life.
  • Slow healing.
  • Lead to heightened psychological distress. For example, it can provoke a feeling of loss of control and/or a loss of dignity. 
  • Create a fear that things are getting worse, even if they are not.
  • Be like a black hole and absorb energy and attention.
  • Cause relationships to suffer because a person in pain is often irritable and self-involved.


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