Where does what come from?
Psychosomatic disorders are symptoms or diseases that develop as a response of the body to stress. What could it be?
- regular headaches;
- skin dermatitis;
- ulcerative colitis;
- gastrointestinal disorders (when before an important meeting the stomach automatically “twists”);
- weight loss or uncontrolled zhor (we eat stress or a piece does not climb into the throat);
- panic attacks.
These reactions can both appear and disappear depending on the presence of serious stresses in life. They lost their jobs – insomnia immediately became active, incomprehensible spots appeared on the skin, or dandruff “suddenly” appeared. But when the problem is solved, these manifestations disappear on their own. It’s worse when they become diseases. Then we can talk about:
- stomach ulcer;
- rheumatoid arthritis;
- acute heart failure;
- diabetes mellitus type II.
Of course, a whole range of factors contribute to the occurrence of these diseases. And chronic stress, nervous tension are among the first.
Life without stress is a utopia
Is it possible to get rid of stress once and for all? Of course not, this is a utopia. Moreover, stress is an absolutely normal reaction to emerging circumstances. So our body is preparing either to act, or to escape by a conditional flight. Psychologists note that very often people with psychosomatic diseases suppress their emotions for years, endure a situation that does not suit them. For example, they collect grievances against one of their close relatives, hold on to an unloved job, just to pay the bills, they do not know how to resolve conflicts, they cannot cope with anger, envy, aggression. Emotions that have no way out seem to undermine the body from the inside. People can go to doctors for years, get tested, spend money and continue to experience discomfort.
Of course, the body has a certain psychological margin of safety. The occurrence of a stressful situation does not mean that the body will immediately fail and react with a number of sores. It is important that the stress level does not exceed the acceptable threshold. After the critical situation has passed, the body should return to normal. If the situation is resolved, and the person is still in suspense, problems begin. Long-term negative experiences deplete energy and internal resources.
By the way, in our country, a surge of psychosomatic diseases occurred in the early nineties. No wonder why! In those years, few people felt confident in the future, the usual way of life collapsed, many were left without work and livelihoods. At the same time, there was a surge in ulcerative bleeding, coronary heart disease “rejuvenated”, and many times more women began to complain about high blood pressure.
How to help yourself?
Stop holding back negative feelings and running away from the problem that has been tormenting you for years. Probably, in this case, you will need the help of a psychologist.
Any psychotherapist will tell you that it is very useful to relieve stress through physical activity. This was used to treat depressive disorders in the 19th century. Sports, work in the country, swimming pool, long active walks. As a result, you should feel a pleasant fatigue in the muscles, attention switches.
Learn breathing techniques. There are many of them, any one will definitely help you relax at a moment of tension.
Watch your nutrition. Pay special attention to foods that are sources of tryptophan. The lack of this amino acid leads to a decrease in the level of serotonin, which means anxiety, irritability, and decreased performance. Tryptophan is found in cheese, fish, meat, legumes, cottage cheese, mushrooms, dates, red and black caviar.
But, of course, when it comes to the disease, only these techniques will not solve the problem. It will have to be dealt with on two fronts: with a psychologist in order to eliminate the very cause of the occurrence, and with a specialist doctor. Unfortunately, not every specialized doctor will send the patient to see a psychotherapist, having revealed a psychosomatic diagnosis. But you can do it yourself, because each of us often knows what exactly could cause a malfunction in the body.
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