What is a psychosomatic illness and what does it consist of: discover what somatizations of illnesses are and why they are not physical disorders.
In the same way that physical illnesses tend to negatively influence our own state of mind, causing us fear or worry on many occasions, there is no doubt that many psychological problems and disorders tend to cause physical symptoms. They are what, medically, are known as psychosomatic illnesses.
It is estimated that around 15% of the European population suffers from psychosomatic illnesses, so we can say that this type of “illness” is actually very frequent. In fact, statistics indicate that a quarter of patients who go to the family doctor (or primary care doctor) present them.
We can say that a person has a psychosomatic illness when they present one or more physical symptoms, that after a medical examination, these symptoms are not explained by a medical illness. That is, the doctor does not find a real physical cause that has caused the appearance of these symptoms.
On the other hand, although the person or patient may actually suffer from a disease, the truth is that both the symptoms and their consequences tend to be more excessive, compared to what would be expected from a medical point of view, since the person suffers discomfort that causes great discomfort in their day to day.
It is common for these people to go from doctor to doctor in search of a diagnosis that does not arrive, and they continue to feel bad and present the same symptoms that led them to the specialist’s consultation for the first time.
For this reason, it is common for doctors to treat these patients with the administration of anxiolytic medications, which calm the person for a while, and then return with the same symptoms (or with a different one), simply for something very simple: no the problem has been solved.
We must bear in mind that most people who suffer from psychosomatic illnesses do not believe they have a psychological problem, so they continue to visit doctors’ offices in order to find that illness or disorder.
But when you advance a little and inquire into their day-to-day life, it is common for these people to realize that there is something in their lives that actually generates that anxiety or discomfort.
Why do psychosomatic illnesses appear?
The causes we want to talk about are those originated in each one of us, in our lives, in our day-to-day lives, in what we think, in what we feel, in what we do and what this entails.
The anxiety generated by the family, the care of the children, the concern for the health and well-being of ours, the stress of work and especially in times of crisis such as the ones we are in are factors that influence and cause this disease that mainly appears for the reasons that we have mentioned in the other article.
But stress, anxiety, exhaustion, anxiety … they can cause some emotional imbalance, leading to “physical” diseases of the digestive system that ultimately are called psychosomatic illnesses.
These psychosomatic illnesses are produced by somatizations of the individual; That is, the concerns come to light in the form of physical illnesses, illnesses that have nothing to do with what happens, although most of the time it is the digestive system that receives all that information and reproduces the symptoms in the form of illnesses.
Here we must recommend that the healing of these diseases, in the case of the digestive system, does not consist of eating a bland diet and avoiding certain foods that can worsen our health, but rather heal our mood, feed our optimism day by day, raise awareness that worries are part of life and take them in the best way; Therefore, doing meditation and relaxation exercises will help our mind and body to be in perfect balance.