Psychosomatic disorders: what they are and what to do

Psychosomatic disorders: what they are and what to do

Pain often refers to suffering that originates in the psyche. We are better acquainted with psychosomatic disorders


  • What are psychosomatic disorders
  • How to recognize a psychosomatic disorder
  • Dialogue and observation

What are psychosomatic disorders

Psychosomatic disorders are disorders that afflict the body and concern the psyche, they start from our emotional sphere. In fact they are great signs that show us how we really are. If we calculate that the intestine represents our "second brain" and that it is the repository of all our emotions, we understand that many gastrointestinal disorders are of psychological origin. Emotions settle down and need their time to be metabolized and digested, just as if it were food.

What we cannot express, what we would like to say, what we keep inside still passes through the body. When someone bothers us, the skin often responds with blisters, redness, itching. When something is tight, our breaths get short. When we don't feel seen, we gain weight. When pride does not bend, the knees hurt. These are all indications of how we really feel. These disturbances must be listened to, supported, accepted. The body provides its own response to psychological distress and manifests it. There can also be many accumulated discomforts such as worries, anxieties, stress from an unprocessed traumatic event.

What happens in the psyche can affect the level of the immune defenses and the conditions of the nervous system. Cardiac, respiratory, urogenital, skin and musculoskeletal problems can start from a psychological condition and must be addressed by touching first of all that area. Negative emotions also affect us such as resentment or resentment carried for a long time towards someone. Often they turn into colitis, headaches, chronic pain in some joints or in the spine, nausea, diarrhea or bloating or general swelling.

How to recognize a psychosomatic disorder

Often the diagnostics calm our conscious mind, but if we have and live a conflict – especially if within the family or with the parents – everything affects the body. This type of disturbance can be recognized by the duration and frequency with which they occur. We must begin to ask ourselves how often that particular headache or evacuation disorder occurs, so to speak. Much of these disorders relate to the way we give and receive, and it certainly affects the way we experience relationships.

So we must first ask ourselves some questions: how are we living our life? Are we feeding well? Are we playing sports? If, after these questions, we understand that we are taking care of ourselves, but the disorder keeps coming back, perhaps we need to go and look into the great dimension of emotions and ask ourselves questions about how we are experiencing relationships. Sometimes the ailments are recurrent in certain phases of life and this concerns bereavement, separation, pain. Wounds of the soul take time to heal and patience is required. Let's see together how psychosomatic disorders are treated and how they must be addressed.

Psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology (P.N.E.I.) studies the relationships between psychological functioning, secretion of neurotransmitters in the brain, hormonal response at the endocrine level and response of the nervous system. This discipline is evolving and is being integrated with classic allopathic diagnosis and analysis.

Dialogue and observation

Contacting a psyche expert often helps to solve problems of a psychosomatic nature. For example, a trusted psychologist or psychologist can lead us by the hand within our fears and feelings of anger and pain. Talking with those who work professionally in the psyche allows us to rediscover a generic balance of body and mind or to discover it for the first time. Obviously, the sooner you start working on yourself, the better you get to know yourself and evolve. The same goes for the desire to open the heart and then talk about these disorders to people we feel particularly close. Dedicating ourselves to practices such as meditation also allows us to observe what passes through us and in what way.

Finding a way to be with oneself guarantees a way to observe and not worry, as anxiety often worsens psychosomatic conditions or makes them chronic. Sometimes the body is sick if the mind tries to control too much. Sometimes the physicist accuses of actions that we do not have the courage to carry out. If we sit with ourselves and listen, breath by breath, what passes through us, we can resolve, heal and create.

Parents are always our testing ground, whether they are alive or not. We can always dialogue with them and have the desire to "embrace" them even metaphorically. When we are able to accept and embrace what our parents have done, for better or for worse, we evolve and reach a level of being aware, balanced. Finding the strength to feel vulnerable allows you to move forward and improve, discover yourself in new ways that generate new visions of yourself and the world.

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