n. Extreme psychological pain.

Example Citations:
Holden researches "psychache," or unbearable psychological pain, and how it relates to suicidal behaviour..."If they wish to address this sort of psychache then I think they need to focus in on which particular frustrated need is relevant for that particular individual," Holden said.
—Laura Payton, "Prisons must work to prevent suicides: expert," Toronto Sun, April 5, 2010

According to a study from Montpellier, France, "It has been suggested that psychological pain ('psychache') is a key factor in the suicidal process...We hypothesized that more intense psychache during a major depressive episode would be a factor of vulnerability to suicidal behavior."
—"Research by E. Olie and colleagues in life sciences provides new insights," Mental Health Digest Weekly, April 19, 2010

Earliest Citation:
My neologisms are meant to clarify; to make sharper distinctions. (I see nothing frivolous in them.) Suicidology simply defines the field of knowledge of suicide and the practice of suicide prevention; psychache throws emphasis on the central role of psychological pain in suicide (and suicide's irreducible psychological character).
—Edwin Shneidman, Suicide as Psychache, Rowan and Littlefield, January 1, 1993


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