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Take the Risk of Diving Into Your Fears or Pain

When we allow ourselves to accept rather than reject our fear or our pain, we are, in effect, accepting ourselves, just the way we are. Nevertheless, there are times when acute fear or pain is too intense. In those situations, it can be most helpful to use distraction or dissociation.

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  • March 29, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Interesting article and I agree with the premise. Hiowever, I’ve had chronic neck and back pain for over 20years (have had surgeries and prior non surgical intervention). I coped. But I literally have been in pain 24/7 since my early 20s. I’m nearing 50….

    Backtracking to my 20s. Got my law degree, top 10% of my class and worked HARD…and embarked on a successful law career.

    Boom! After my daughter was born (she’s going to college in three months)…diagnosed bipolar 1 and several anxiety disorder. Approved for SSDI in two months in 2009. I have an excellent pdoc and therapist. Med compliant, treatment-resistant.

    I’m an optimistic person and I like DBT mindfulness and radical acceptance. That said, it’s HARD having severe mental illness and severe, lifelong chronic pain. The anxiety I’m working on and the bipolar, too…but they are ever-present, too. Bipolar 1 steamrolled my life.

    Any ideas on how to cope with chronic pain and severe mental illness? Thanks

    I’ve had to come to terms with a lot. My pain has worsened and

    • April 9, 2018 at 2:56 pm

      Hi Shannon,

      My heart goes out to you. What I would recommend is, as much as possible, be around supportive, understanding people who accept you for who you are, and as much as possible, stay away from people who are judgemental and unkind. Being around compassionate people helps us all to better cultivate self-compassion. Self-compassion helps us reduce physical and emotional pain.



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