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What and which are the treatments for psychosomatic illnesses?

Grecia De Flores
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We tend to believe that all physical symptoms are derived from pathologies or physical diseases, however 25% of patients who come to a medical consultation have symptoms of psychological origin.

Our body and our mind are intrinsically related to each other, and we cannot pretend that if something affects us mentally and emotionally our body will not react to it.

Psychosomatic illnesses are especially difficult to diagnose, as physicians initially focus on finding the physiological correlate of symptoms and consequently neglect possible mental implications.

Once the patient does not respond to treatments or has a relapse with different symptoms, the patient is suggested to consult a psychologist and at this point the person does not understand what possible psychological implications their symptoms could have.

So it is likely that you will resort to alternative medicine methods without being able to solve your problem.

What are psychosomatic illnesses?

We call psychosomatic illnesses that set of physical signs and symptoms derived from the influence of mental anguish.

Our body connects at all times with our mind and when we are subjected to great stress during the day to day, or we suffer from some diseases such as anxiety or depression, these conditions, and mental illnesses are reflected in our body as physical discomforts.

The easiest way to understand psychosomatic illnesses is to think about those times when we feel nervous, and we can see our stomach turn, as it works in the same way with other less obvious concerns.

The fact that the origin of the symptoms is not physical does not diminish the effect of these on the body and the people who suffer from them, in fact sometimes they are exacerbated.

What and which are the treatments for psychosomatic illnesses?
Psychosomatic illnesses

Some of the most common symptoms related to psychosomatic illnesses are:

  • Intestinal blockage

  • Sickness

  • Dizziness

  • Gastritis

  • Asthma

  • Hyperventilation

  • Palpitations

  • Blood pressure rise

  • Headache

  • Stomachache

  • Mellitus diabetes

  • Acne

  • Atopic dermatitis

  • Dry Skin

  • Psoriasis

  • Excessive sweating

  • Urticaria

  • Tachycardia

  • Arrhythmia

Among others, as we can see, the range of symptoms that can occur in a psychosomatic illness is very wide, sometimes where the symptom occurs has some kind of symbolic relationship with the emotional origin that generates it.

How do these diseases originate?

Diseases of psychosomatic origin are closely related to the psychological anguish that each case has individually.

In general, they are derived from the combination of social, psychological, biological and environmental factors with which we have daily contact.

They can originate from multiple life events, especially being rationed by stress, anxiety, and depression.

Emotions play a fundamental role in our physical and mental health, an emotional imbalance can cause psychosomatic illnesses.

Some of the most common causes that we can find include:

  • Chronic anxiety or stress

  • Self-sabotage

  • Conflicts with significant people in our life

  • Unfavorable changes in the work environment

  • Unexpected events in the environment

  • Traumatic experiences

  • Painful experiences

  • Constant fears that lead to a state of hypervigilance

  • General distress

  • Prolonged events of tension and discomfort

  • Correlates with unresolved unconscious issues

Psychosomatic illnesses are very difficult for people who suffer from them to understand, since the underlying emotional correlate does not seem obvious.

Treatment of these diseases

Since the origin of these diseases is metal, an examination should be carried out that leads to the specific causes for each case.

A medical intervention alone will not be able to cover the real origin of the symptoms, so it is necessary to integrate drugs and psychotherapy.

Said psychotherapy will look for the origins of the anguish and work on them and the personal history of each individual to be effective in the treatment and reduction of said somatic symptoms.

In this process, it is also present to help patients to identify how these symptoms are formed and what is their role in preventing future occasions.

Making sense of psychosomatic illnesses brings great relief to people who suffer from it, since it partly reduces the anguish of their origin.

Working on the recovery of emotional balance is not an easy task, but it is not impossible with patience, dedication and both medical and therapeutic help, people with psychosomatic illnesses will be able to advance towards the path of recovery.

This teaches us more than ever that health is an integral issue and that we must consider both physical and mental aspects if we want to be well and fully with our body.