Suffering is invariably associated with pain, but suffering and pain are distinct and may occur independently. Suffering includes disruption of mood, thoughts, plans, and sense of well being. There may be economic distress, family/marital problems, and various losses resulting from the impact of pain on the patient's life. Disruption of the sleeping cycle, anger, anxiety, helplessness, and the side-effects of medication may add to demoralization and increased suffering. To some extent the degree of suffering is related to the adequacy of the patient's coping skills. Patients who 'catastrophize' about their pain tend to suffer more than those who do not.
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With all the stresses and strains of modern living, panic attacks are become a common problem for many people. Panic attacks occur when the pressure we are living under starts to creep up and overwhelm us. Often it's a result of running on the treadmill of life and forgetting to watch the signs and symptoms of the effects of excessive stress on our bodies. Thankfully panic attacks are very treatable. Often it is just a matter of learning to recognize the symptoms and learn simple but effective techniques that help you release yourself from the crippling effects a panic attack can bring.