There is a connection between disease and emotion. Emotions are related to the way we interpret what is happening to us. These reactions can lead to physiological symptoms. As physical illness affects our mood and provokes fear or concern, many psychological problems are reflected in our bodies.
When the relationship between the mind and the body is not in harmony due to unpleasant feelings, negative feelings, low self-esteem and stressful situations, psychosomatic illness occurs. They are considered physical disturbances whose appearance and the course can be related to psychological factors. Speaking of psychosomatic symptoms, we are talking about physical disturbances in which no medical diagnosis can be made.
Projection of emotion to the body
There are different forms of manifestations related to disorders or physical changes related to psychological factors:
*Digestive changes: Irritable bowel or irritable bowel syndrome. Anger and aggression can cause those problems.
*Heart and the cardiovascular system: related to euphoria, hysteria, excitement, hypersensitivity, and nervousness.
*Respiratory changes: When you are suffering from depression, people remain breathless before the excitement come. Your emotions dampen and increase your anxiety.
*Endocrine changes: Emotional imbalances such as anxiety, doubt, skepticism, and jealousy lead to endocrine glands problems.
*Genital-urinary system: Fear, lack of self-esteem, shyness, and despair can make those problems.
*Dermatological or skin changes: When someone wants to impose their own will, an excess of authority, and control over others, communication difficulties can cause dermal health problems.
Our body screams when emotions do not speak
The same disorder can have different physical manifestations depending on the state of the mind. It has been shown that in the presence of diseases such as cancer or fibromyalgia. If patients learn to manage emotions and find a certain emotional balance it helps in recovering the patient.
When emotions are not expressed, there is a deficit in the mentalization of emotions. Body feelings rarely appear or in general are not related to mental states.
A very important concept related to the inability to express emotions is alexithymia. Describes a group of symptoms that are noticed in people with psychosomatic illnesses who have difficulty identifying and perceiving emotions as well as impoverishing their own imagination.
Various causes of alexithymia include inherited genetic, neuronal, cerebral or traumatic injuries. These people often describe others, even their loved ones, as cold and distant. They are scarce in terms of empathic skills and have great difficulty in understanding and effective returning to the feelings of other people.
Emotional Repression (Compressing Awkward Content from Memory)
In alexithymia, there is the existence of the phenomenon of emotional repression. Repression serves to maintain painful or unpleasant out-of-conscious experiences. Individuals use it as a defensive strategy and therefore have less access to emotional memories, especially negative or unpleasant events.
The emotional block is the answer of many people to the suffering they have experienced as a threat or severity; this block is reflected in the difficulties in recognizing and adapting its emotions with the intent of self-protection from suffering. However, far from protection, this emotional style has serious clinical and social consequences. What the mouth did not say was screaming from the body.
***We are causing many illnesses through depressed emotions***