It may first seem surprising us, but both experts and the research confirms that sometimes the health problems that afflict us start from … our mind.
“Schedule positively” won’t says, mum of my friend Sotiris, whenever you expect or want anything important. My last time in said when recovering from an operation and then worried that something was wrong, I had several unpleasant symptoms or side effects of the drugs. I do not know if it helped her words or the time elapsed, but slowly my dizziness left, nausea, stomach pain, difficulty sleeping, constipation, headache … And now has passed a little time I sit and think about it. Do we tend to “negative planning”, thus experiencing unpleasant symptoms, which in fact we ourselves provoke or zoom? Experts explain to us that it can happen to soma topoi ume ie fears, anxiety and stress we feel every day, so that we have unpleasant symptoms in our health (psychosomatic), or from the other side thinking very negatively about a health problem we pass and therefore it has a worse outcome than expected (self-prediction).
The stress threat Stress is when instant is not so harmful to our health. But when it becomes chronic, then things change and can harm not only our mental health as well as physical. In fact, scientific studies have directly correlated with disease (eg, depression, metabolic diseases, etc.). In addition, however, chronic stress affects our immune system, which becomes weaker and less resistant to external problems that threaten our organisation. At the same time, it is likely due to excessive stress, our immune to “confused” and somehow to attack our body itself, causing the familiar to us all autoimmune diseases (eg, thyroiditis, vitiligo, lupus etc. .).
Where ‘hit’ psychosomatic There are a number of organs in our body where we tend to soma topoi ume more our stress, depending of course on the history and personal sensitivity of everyone. So, can we walk past difficult periods affecting much the stomach, gut, to hurt our teeth, our backs, our head, to stun, to find it hard to sleep, to have symptoms of cardiovascular (p. g. increased blood pressure, palpitations), but also to have decreased libido or erectile dysfunction men. However, there are some diseases or conditions that already exist and stress affects negatively on them. Such are allergies, mental disorders, metabolism, the lipid values in the blood, bone status, fertility, asthma, and even coronary heart disease and some cancers.
Is it a placebo effect? We have all heard of cases of people talaiporountan from a “disease” or more commonly from a set of symptoms which turned out to have no organic basis but were psychosomatic problems grounds. Such is often the knot on the neck, the prostration men (with symptoms such as pain in the genital region and dysuria), the fluttering of the chest, dizziness, gastric neurosis, etc. Careful, though. In no case should not ascribe the above or any other problems or symptoms feel a psychosomatic aetiology if they have first investigated in depth and right from the experts that have blocked any other physical problem.
nocebo effect It is known to most phenomenon placebo, where something just good for us because we believe. According to experts, the nocebo is exactly the opposite, where something bad happens we just because of the wait, the fear and somehow challenge. When we experience this phenomenon (nocebo effect), we get the idea that something is going to do us harm, soma topoi ume idea, leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy and, finally, the fact we get. Although not widely scientifically proven, many scientists argue that when we are afraid that we will have side effects from a drug that would stick a virus disease, that an operation will not go well, that our illness will have a good outcome, is more likely to experience such an effect than if we have programmed our minds to think positively and optimistically.
THANKS FOR THE COOPERATION Dr Anastasios SPANTIDEA, physician-clinical pharmacologist, Doctor of Medicine, University of Athens.