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  • Well physical pain would probably last you an hour or something like a day [it depends]. Whereas mental can affect you for a long time, sometimes for life. For example, a boy is getting bullied at school. It is physical , but it would be in his mind all day somethin like 'where is he, i hope i dont see him, oh no he is coming after me', i have to hide. The worst thing about mental pain is that it would normally affect you for the whole day and would interrupt your life.
  • mental!!! physical you can deal with, perhaps not arthritis, or cancer but i thhink all physical pain relates somehow to mental issues, i.e reiki
  • Either one could drive you to suicide, an extreme measure to end the pain. So, in the extreme, either one would be beyond endurance. That is pretty severe no matter how you measure or define pain.
  • I have had both mental and physical pain. I just gave birth to a son 7 weeks ago and had to have a c-section. The physical pain and healing process were no cup of tea but the mental strain of being a new mom and trying to adapt to a new sleep pattern were much harder than my actual labor.
  • Depression is the worst to me it is mental and physical PAIN!!
  • Mental pain, it makes everything else hurt.
  • I have to say mental pain. Physical pain is *usually* more easier to treat and provide relief for (even if it cannot be cured), whereas mental pain is much more complex physiologically. Plus in many cases, a good mental focus can help you to overcome extreme physical pain. The otherway round however, cannot be said truthfully.
  • For me, mental and physical pain combinded, led to mental, led to pysical, ledt to more mental, led to more physical etc. etc. For me what hurt the most was the mental, but what was worse for me was the physical.
  • I'd say physical. Mental pain is difficult to handle; but cronic physical pain impedes so many areas of a persons life. Mental pain might keep you awake; but physical pain will never let you rest or be comfortable.
  • Physical pain, I'm pretty used to menatl pain.
  • Having had (and currently experiencing on a daily basis) both emotional and physical pain, this is an interesting question. Pills (wonderful addicting pills) can help take the edge off of both mental and physical pain. But I am an intelligent person and I like to be able to write, talk and otherwise function, so I can only take so many pills. Which, for me means I put up with some emotional pain (low to moderate levels of frustration, anxiety and depression) daily, as well as low to moderate levels of physical pain (back/spine, eyes, neck, stomach distress). Considering the fact this has gone on now for at least 5-6 years constantly, and for 10-12 years off and on, I am USED to it, but I am also, again, a person who used to enjoy going out and doing whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. So, now that I am not able to DO that, emotionally it is kind of like a feeling of torment. Sort of like the severe diabetic, who used to be a chef and love food, who knows if they eat sugar and the wrong foods, they will possibly die or go into a coma. My answer is that for different people it is different, but in the end, since the MIND and BRAIN control not only the pain or emotional sensations and thoughts, but also how we feel about it all, I think EMOTIONAL pain is probably the hardest to come to grips with, pills or no pills. I have thought about suicide many times, even though I used to be a counselor and also worked on a suicide hot line. Obviously I am still around. And I intend to be, UNLESS the emotional and phsycial pain combined cannot be treated by drugs so I can be relatively comfortable, and still talk, walk, feed myself, think straight (OKOK debatable to some of you on AB at times no doubt!) and have some "quality of life" and dignity. I go from day to day, but the main reason I took up meditation is to learn how to use my MIND and higher levels of my mind to help me in my struggles with pain of both kinds. I am so glad I did, but it is still a struggle many days to decide if I want to get out of bed, and if I do, if there is really any point. Mental pain (coming from the brain-mind-thoughts) of course, affects EVERYTHING! Sorry this was so long. I guess I had alot to say, but had not had a venue of many people who I like and trust and respect, to say it until I joined AB. Thanks for the opportunity.
  • Emotional pain Physical pain fades from the memory the only reason women would have more than one child. Emotional pain never goes away you just learn how to survive with it
  • I'd have to say at the end of the day physical pain because it can override emotional pain and depending on the pain can last as long as any emotional pain. Both can eventually take your sanity or make you want to give up depending on how severe they are or how long they last. The only difference is you have control to heal or numb emotional pain, whereas physical you'd need to cut off the nerve endings to stop it.
  • I think emotional pain. Eventually, or with medical aid, physical pain lessens. But with emotional pain, part of it is always with you, no matter how much counseling you go through. Believe me, I know of what I speak through personal experience. I would much rather deal with physical pain than emotional any day.
  • Emotional. Physical pain quit making me cry when I was 12. I still cry from emotional pain now and then.
  • emotional pain, as most physical pains will go away with treatment. i don't think anything will beat a broken heart.
  • Huh. That's a good question. Too much of either one can kill you. It would depend on which was worse at any given time. And some people are more sensitive to one than the other. I tend to ignore both when I'm in public, then be a baby about them when I'm alone.
  • I'd have to say that in my case it really depends on how and by whom it is inflicted, after all, it does feel different from a foe than from a friend...
  • Nothing hurts like the pain of a broken heart or the loss of a loved one.
  • If I hold a cigarette lighter to your palm, you will forget all your emotional pain. Both pains hurt and there is little need to compare them. They originate in different ways, heal in different ways, and vary in intensity. Emotional pain often converts to physical disease. More pain. Neither kind of pain should be minimized or ignored. Both deserve attention and relief. Pain is a cry for help. To read more about our attachment to emotional pain, I suggest this fine response from StableBoy. http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/120539 Why do we nuture our emotional pain when we could just let it go?
  • I can honestly say That I had a baby and that would be the worst Pain for a woman Absolutley the worst and Then my Husband got appendicitis and The doctor said that is the worst pain a man can feel thats close to labor So labor is the Worst pain and Appendicitis is 2nd worse and the worse that a man can feel close to labor. Worst Emotional Pain is going to have to be Having Post- Partum depression and the feeling of worriedness about a loved one getting appendicitis!! This is an Opinion about emotional pain so not 100%
  • Emotional pain. It usually lasts longer... and almost always comes back no matter how many painkillers you take!
  • Emotional pain, like losing a child.
  • Um... physical. Hands down, physical definitely has the potential to be worse. Mental pain has made me wish I was dead on numerous occasions, but NOTHING has EVER made me beg for death as truthfully and readily as extreme physical pain has. People suffering from mental pain have the tendency to get comfortable in it--they don't want to help themselves out of it. When there is no relief from physical pain, all you want is to escape.
  • Pain is pain. For each person, their own pain is the worst. I have had people say to me that they do not understand why the verbal abuse I suffered as a child had such an impact- it was just words. But it hurt, and I remember it clearer than most of the smacks I got, and even the times I spent in hospital.
  • Mental...physical pain is much easier to deal with. I don't like either one but I have a much higher tolerance for physical pain.
  • Mental pain,for example when you are broken hearted i cant function i cant do easy tasks without messing up,makes me feel so bad and its very hard to get over whereas if i cut my self this wouldnt last for long the pain wud subside and i could still carry on.
  • Mental pain. You can over come quite a bit of physical pain with your mind.
  • Without a doubt, mental.
  • Mental pain, i experience thoughts and feeling i can't deal with, my mind rips away at my sanity i stay up at nite because of thoughts racing through my mind, i wake up screaming because of nightmares i make and i affects me 24/7 and been going on for a month now i use as much willpower as i can to hold it back i hav also had my share of physical pain, i had a knife stuck in my arm i had a roof collapse on me, and it doesn't even come up close to the mental pain i experenice so by far mental
  • Mental pain is worse, because if we are sick mentally it can actually effect us physically.
  • i would say mental pain- depression anxiety you can get pills but it will never be sorted out until you find a cause for it. its hard to deal with and most people dont understand. physical pain you can take pills for and control.
  • Mental pain cause it can lead to depression and suicide sometimes. And the physical pain can be treated and healed in weeks sometimes months it depends on how bad it is but again it can be held.
  • Mental.
  • Ultimately I think Mental. There are many ways to escape physical pain...from self induced blocks to exterior blocks...but to escape what goes on in the mind is a challenging task... Try to sit still and think of NOTHING for 15 minutes... it's really, really hard to do.
  • Every day I deal with physical pain and I almost pass out due to the extreme agony it causes me but I always carry on because I have a fighter's spirit. I remember the heartache cause by the breakup due to my unscrupulous so called soul mate and when I had to cope with the actual feeling that my heart was literally being ripped from my chest daily and the daily sadness this caused. Yeah... heartache is much worse since it is a pain of the soul and this can only be cured with time and the help of friends.
  • Mental, my ex used to play the cruellest mind games, just because he knew I loved him that much I'd let him get away with it. x
  • Emotional pain it takes longer to go away
  • Emotional pain. It is typically easy to determine what is causing a person physical pain. From there, it is a matter of fixing what is causing it. Emotional pain is more complex and it is harder to simply find the source and "fix" it. Even though a person may understand why they are feeling emotional pain, it is much harder to treat (quickly). Both emotional and physical pain may take time to heal, however, emotional pain is much more difficult to forget. An example of this would be if you were to smell something or see something or even taste something, it can instantly bring back some kind of memory (good or bad), therefore, you could possibly feel a sudden sense of happiness or despair. Physical pain is rahter easy to forget in the sense of what the actual pain felt like (not the fact that it hurt).
  • Given my experiences, I'd have to say emotional pain.
  • I said neither because time heals all wounds whether emotional or pyhsical pain.
  • Both are important. See http://spiritualinquiry.com/articles/why-physical-and-mental-pain-is-priceless/ for a full discussion on this. Pain is an important feedback mechanism. Without it, we would be screwed. Of the two, I would prefer mental pain. Physical pain is not always appropriate - for example, a surgeon's knife creates pain even though it is helpful. Mental pain, with wisdom and understanding, can be more accurate in its feedback. And mental health is more rewarding than physical health.
  • All pain is mental it's literally in your head just seems to be where the hurt is only the brain feels pain, a finger for example feels nothing no matter what you do
  • I vote for emotional
  • Emotional pain, it can last a lifetime. Physical pain normally heals over time.
  • Emotional because it takes longer to heal.
  • emotional pain
  • Emotional pain, we have a ton of medicine and doctors to deal with the physical kind. Our science hasn't been so effective in it's ability to quickly deal with the emotional kind....
  • Like it says in "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" ...and the wound heels but the scar remains.
  • both are as bad each other but emotional take longer to heal
  • Emotional it can scare you for life.
  • They're both hard to endure.
  • Emotional.
  • Emotional.. takes a long time to heal..
  • 100 to 1, emotional!
  • emotional
  • That's comparing apples to oranges. Not possible. Both can be very severe.
  • I hate both!! But at least the bruises and cuts heal up. The scar still remains. So they are both about the same to me.
  • During a severe bout of depression I also got ulcers. Then I blessed that physical pain which somehow distracted me from my emotional ordeal.
  • I think its emotional.
  • Emotional because no medication can take care of it "on the spot."
  • Emotional pain is worse because it lingers long after physical pain has faded away.
  • Emotional
  • Don't know. Only get physical pain. It's bearable.
  • emotional, physical pain is a pleasure. :p
  • Emotional.Physical pain's sort of sweeeet. ;+
  • emotional lasts a lot longer then physical.
  • Emotional
  • Emotinal, they last longer
  • Emotional!
  • Emotional
  • Emotional.
  • no physically pain in my life till now but i face lot of emotional pain and i love it too much.my pain help me to me a kind person more n more.5
  • Emotional.
  • Emotional
  • Emotional... You can't tell them to others so it cures...
  • Emotional,of course..
  • Emotional, because nowadays the chances of great physical pain are reduced (unless ur having a baby...)
  • Physical pain for me is a sign of hard work, and I enjoy pushing myself hard to the point of pain. Emotional pain however goes straight through my armour. It's much harder to block, and much longer lasting. Saying that, the physical and especially emotional pain is what has made me the man I am today.
  • I'd have to go with EMOTIONAL ....
  • Emotional. I'm damaged goods.
  • Emotional. You don't often dwell of the pain of a past broken bone.
  • my wife likes to hurt me
  • Emotional pain, it can also manifest itself as physical pain.
  • emotional I think
  • emotional pain makes me hurt physically.
  • Emotional is the regular one for me, but when I've been in screaming physical pain, it pretty much takes over everything else and then some.
  • emotional. physical pain would only affect my life if i had some type of painful disease or if i was abused or had arthritis, of which, thankfully, i have none.
  • Emotional pain. It just keeps on hurting.
  • emotional most definately and tonight is one of those pains that won't go away any time soon sadly. Good question
  • [Emo]tional. I watched my alchoholic, junkie dad physically abuse my mother until I was ten and he was incarcerated. I'm 18 and I haven't seen him since. I sometimes think of running away but for now... I'll see if anything clears up between me and my father. Note to Emo-haters: Emos have feelings and friends and LIVES. They are going through so much that they can't take the pain of the situation so they cut themselves to dull that pain. Don't be afraid of them. They won't harm you... Just themselves. If you are thinking about commiting suicide or know someone who is.. Call 1-800-273-TALK Its free and confidential. Or call 911. If you are suffering from physical pain due to a bully at school or an abusive boyfriend/girlfriend, maybe even an abusive parent... Get help as soon as possible. Call 911 or talk to a guidance counselor. Suicide is NOT the answer!!!
  • Yes it is. Physical pain will go away and emotional pain often will not.
  • Mental pain, it's harder to heal I think.
  • Unless you are highly evolved, you can't have one without the other.
  • Mental pain lasts much longer than physical pain.
  • Well if pain is a must, then mental. You have no control as to your mind. Even if it is something that happened a long time ago that hurt or affected you mentally, you will continue remembering it over and over again, reliving the pain time after time. Physical pain you incur and then goes away.
  • Deep depression is almost as palpable as physical pain, but I watched my grandma die of Pancreatic Cancer. I can attest her pain was not relieved by any available drug. There are drugs that give relief from even the deepest depression if only temporary. Plus physical pain long term causes deep depression.

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