Psychiatry & Psychology--General/Emotional pain

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How come when you are emotionally distressed or depressed, you have inexplicable physical pain in the top of your gut? Like *something* is hurting at your very core, and you can't find where it is and there's no amount of pain killers or alcohol that can take that pain away?

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Sorry to hear that you have these psychological and physical problems, Kayla.  But it is your doctor or your school nurse if there is one, or someone at a health clinic, who would be the person to ask.  

If you mean the upper stomach area, it might be a small ulcer that gets aggravated when you do. If an ant-acid (that you can find at a drug-store) reduces the pain, that would also point to an ulcer. Whatever it is, it is not simply "emotional pain," it should not be ignored, and it can be treated by a doctor.

Thanks for asking us, and good luck with both issues.

Alan  

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Taught psychology for 30 years, authored four textbooks. Specialize in introductory and industrial/organizational psychology, but will tackle wider range of areas.

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