Gaslighting Individuals With Pain

I had not applied the concept of gaslighting to pain before. After reading this article I can see how well the term speaks to the natural ramped up reactions that are felt following invalidation of a medical concern. Often individuals are referred to me with terms such as "neurotic or personality disordered." While these terms certainly can describe an individual's behavioral patterns, I have found that these problems also can appear to magically go away with genuine validation, real explanations, and relief from intense pain. It is time we truly treat individuals as experts of their own experience and stop patronizing, invalidating, and traumatizing the person with pain.

  http://myheartsisters.org/2011/11/25/gaslighting/#!