Emotional pimples develop as a stress response to a particular incident or event, known as a trigger. Often the sufferer will have no idea of its existence. What characterises the emotional pimple is this insidious manner in which it grows, invisible to the naked eye. It is not until it bursts that one realises that it was steadily developing for some time, a big, nasty, toxic, pus bucket festering away inside you. To the external eye the release will look something like a burst water main of human emotion. To the sufferer it feels like being hit repeatedly with the emotional equivalent of a wooden object.
Early warning signs can be detected with close observation. If an initial stress response does occur one should be on the look out for the following symptoms: over analyzing the trigger situation, general malaise, tiredness, frustration, lack of enthusiasm, worrying, sleeplessness, lack of creativity, decreased self-confidence, uncertainty, loss of perspective and sadness.
Because of the hidden nature of the emotional pimple they are generally untreatable. If you are in close contact with someone with an emotional pimple you will need to tread carefully. Due to the high level of toxicity they are likely to be highly emotional, irrational and generally difficult to live with. Care for them as much as you can but take care to not become infected yourself.
Recovery times vary depending on the severity of the trigger, resilience of the sufferer and environmental factors. Sufferers must also be aware of possible recurrences. Initial release may not mean the pimple has completely cleared up and secondary build ups and explosions may occur.
An early patient trial using knitting has shown positive therapeutic results. Researchers are very interested in hearing from anyone with other successful treatment strategies.
*My emotional pimple began life at my birthday dinner when someone I thought was a good friend was a complete (insert your own expletive) towards me. I am hoping that after a secondary cleanse last night that it may finally begin to heal and that I might get back to feeling like my normal happy self. In the meantime, apologies if things seem a little heavy around here.