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Emotional tension and stress make the body sick

Emotional tension and stress make the body sick

For years it has been discovered that emotional tension gradually damages the body inexorably because it tends to burst like psychosomatic diseases. The damage of the psycho-emotional to the body is such that it is considered that of one hundred diseases, seventy or eighty! They are psychosomatic. And one of the most interesting research in contemporary psychology is referring to the interference of health stress, scourge and murderer of the modern human being.


  • 1 Psychological stress and body disease
  • 2 Social stress
  • 3 Psychosomatic discomfort

Psychological stress and body disease

In this conversion mechanism the person unconsciously transforms a psychological conflict into a physical symptom. That is, the mind (Psyche) makes the body sick (soma).

For a time it was believed that there were no physical disorders caused exclusively by psychological factors. It was thought that a bodily disorder necessarily had a biological component that combined with environmental, social and psychological factors, developed a psychosomatic disease.

However, research has shown that the brain is capable of making the body sick because it communicates with blood cells that move throughout the body through blood flow, lymph vessels and nerves. For example, hives can be caused by a physical allergy or a psychological reaction. Depression can predispose the depressed to certain infections, such as those caused by influenza viruses, preventing the immune system from protecting you.

In other words, emotional tension (depression, anxiety, fury ...) and stress (caused by economic problems, work pressure, sentimental breakdown, death of a family member ...) improperly treated or channeled incorrectly can trigger tragic moments in the human, causing him including death.

Social stress

Both social and psychological stress can activate or aggravate a wide range of diseases such as diabetes mellitus, lupus, leukemia and multiple sclerosis. Of course, the importance of psychological causes varies widely among different people with the same disorder.

Although we know that for internal stress to lead to depression depends on the genetic predisposition, it affects the vegetative nervous system (autonomic nervous system), the sympathetic system and the pituitary gland. After an acute stress response there is an impact on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis: the hypothalamus regulates the impact and the pituitary gland (pituitary) is activated, producing adenotirotropa or corticotrophin (ACTH), which is released into the bloodstream and is directed to the adrenal glands, and the production of adrenaline (epinephrine) or cortisol, the stress hormone, is activated. From this moment a variety of reactions occurs because this cortical hormone in a short time reaches the whole organism causing the increase in heart palpitations, pulse intensification, muscle irrigation; fat and sugar stores move and muscle reaction increases and blood clotting increases. A perennial stressful situation often leads to acute psychological, emotional and physical crises. Not to mention what happens in the spirit, axis or backbone of the integral health of the human being.

Pituitary, hippocampus

A famous psychologist has summed it up this way: “God forgives our faults; People also forgive them sometimes. But nervous system He never forgives them. ” Worries, stress, emotional tension, hatred, resentment, anger and other repressed or poorly channeled emotions sooner or later take their toll. (The male condor in captivity destroys the eggs of its own offspring by stress. For that reason they change it from cage. In reality, many animals in captivity have typical stress behaviors and other emotional disorders).

Psychosomatic discomfort

If things are that size, what is the appropriate medication to cure a psychosomatic disease? Will it be conventional medicine? Will it be alternative medicine? Do not! The right thing is to resolve the emotional conflict and learn to react to environmental and internal stimuli so that psychosomatic discomfort disappears, that is, a change in attitude to internal conflict and external pressure. It is not as simple as it sounds, but not impossible to practice.

Even if the work environment is little or nothing controllable or changeable, my reaction to its pressures is within my reach; I must unlearn inappropriate reactions in order to prevent the environment from controlling my mood.

If I am aware that an emotional shock with someone affects me with an unbearable headache, the indicated thing is to take out (not repress) or allow myself to feel the emotion by squeezing a rubber ball, writing the meaning or counting from one to ten, until The discomfort disappears. That is, the displeasure must be resolved and released so that the physical pain fades. The medication intake will help little, since the physical loses weight and goes where it came from if I resolve the emotional. (Many for lack of self-knowledge They do not know how to identify their emotions - feelings' feelings - and confuse them with what they think of them).

The author is a journalist, Enrique Cáceres-Arrieta


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