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Doctor insights on: Is Being Hungry A Lot Purely A Psychological Thing

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Is being hungry a lot purely a psychological thing?

Rule out: One would always want to rule out physiological causes before assuming something is "purely a psychological thing." ...Read more

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How to deal with weird hunger pains 2-3 hours after meals? Gastroscopy is negative and I tried PPI , can it be psycological? I got obese cause of this

How to deal with weird hunger pains 2-3 hours after meals? Gastroscopy is negative and I tried PPI , can it be psycological? I got obese cause of this

Yes, it can: Interpretation of physical signals can be misread by people. A good specialist psychotherapist might be able to help you learn better responses to the 'weird' cues you get. You seem to know that it can not be 'real' need for food and that will be a great start. Cognative/Emotional understanding and Retraining is perhaps better than medication to address your 'real' needs. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are there any mental/psychological exercises one could use to stop themselves being hungry?

Are there any mental/psychological exercises one could use to stop themselves being hungry?

Excellent question: There's no magic. But (1) learn to distinguish hunger (the gnawing feeling that tells you that you truly need to eat) from appetite ("Mmm! That looks GOOD!" "Eating something would make me feel good right now.") (2) There are some medical syndromes that make people eat compulsively. Medication can help these; seek specialist guidance. ...Read more

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I've had a lot of psychological problems and so I haven't exactly taken care of my body. Have I damaged it too badly?

I've had a lot of psychological problems and so I haven't exactly taken care of my body. Have I damaged it too badly?

Sorry,: but there isn't enough info here to know how much damage has been caused. Suggest a comprehensive medical evaluation to get a baseline check. Take care. ...Read more

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Is sexual energy real (biological and physiological), or is it purely psychological?

Is sexual energy real (biological and physiological), or is it purely psychological?

Physiological and..: Sexual desire/energy has a strong physiological basis. The survival of all species that reproduce sexually depends on a strong innate sex drive or that species would die out. Hormones like testosterone and estrogen have a strong influence on sex drive and function. Obviously there are also psychological factors that may increase or decrease sexual energy, but the basis is strongly physiologic. ...Read more

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Tricky question but how can someone distinguish anxiety from physical illness? How can you be sure that a symptom is purely psychological?

Tricky question but how can someone distinguish anxiety from physical illness? How can you be sure that a symptom is purely psychological?

Not so tricky: Sometimes it is difficult to make the distinction. But if you have a conscientious medical doctor who has run appropriate tests and ruled out likely medical illnesses that could cause your symptoms, it is makes far more sense to treat it as anxiety than to keep looking (often endlessly) for increasingly rare and unlikely medical causes. ...Read more

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If you're living in an abusive home and you suffer from a lot of psychological problems as a result, how should you get out of it?

If you're living in an abusive home and you suffer from a lot of psychological problems as a result, how should you get out of it?

Get support 1st: Leaving an abusive situation takes some planning, and you need support for this. It's very common for people who are being abused to feel they deserve this, and to be reluctant to seek help -- but this tendency is not your friend. Check out http://www.Helpguide.Org/mental/domestic_violence_abuse_help_treatment_prevention.Htm -- lots of info there & at the bottom are helpful phone numbers, etc. ...Read more

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What is the long term psychological effect on those who were bullied a lot in school?

What is the long term psychological effect on those who were bullied a lot in school?

Variable: I've seen some who had severe anxiety disorders later -- but it's impossible to know whether an existing tendency like this could attract other kids to bully them. The bullying definitely makes it worse. I've also known some who incorporated this bullying into their own personality style -- & continue expressing it as adults. They pass it on to their kids, who look for somebody to bully. A cycle. ...Read more

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I keep getting big rushes of what seems like hunger pains but a lot worse. I also keep getting cramps, is it anything to worry about?

I keep getting big rushes of what seems like hunger pains but a lot worse. I also keep getting cramps, is it anything to worry about?

Of course: This is a common complaint in my experience and I have an unusual answer. I predict that your diet is lousy and full of pop, sweets and etc. The pain is due to a signal from the lower brain that is responsible for computing your adaptation to environmental factors. Sugar creates a relative vitramin deficiency that causes the computer to be irritable so its messages to the bowel cause pain. ...Read more