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Louise Hay Mental Causes Physical Illness
"Cause" is a...: ...Loaded word: it implies that a broken home can take a perfectly normal child and turn her into a mental wreck. There are many contributing factors to mental illness: internal factors and external stressors. A broken home is certainly a stressor, but it is rarely the sole cause of anything. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stress & illness: Definitely. Emotional stress produces hundreds of changes in your body. If stress occurs too often or stays too long, those changes can push body systems beyond normal range and cause dysfunction. Chronic stress exhausts the body and decreases immune functions making you more vulnerable to many illnesses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably a silly question but can having a broken heart actually cause physical illness. It feels like it could...?
Many: Stress and unhappiness can lead to mental health issues and in some cases cause one to hurt themselves or others. These mental issues can lead to chest pain, headaches, shortness of breath and general uneasiness. I would get checked if you are feeling this way. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: All kids have a baseline potential, yet with a chronic illness, time away from class for checkups/hospitalizations/therapy can add up. The time away can mean they can fall behind their classmates. Over time the kid can catch up but the issue is a real one. Many children's hospitals make an effort to help kids keep up with their work if they are their for a longer stay. ...Read more
Yes: Physical illness is often tied into depression. For instance, there are higher rates of depression on people who also have diabetes, chronic pain, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, and some cancers. This can complicate treatment of both the depression and the physical illness. Also, people with heart disease may not do as well when they are depressed. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What physical illness could be causing my cortisol to go extremely high when I undertake any normal activity or task? Cushings has been ruled out.
Yes in general: Almost all meds used in psychiatry may control symptoms provoked by general conditions. In that context, if the obvious or only symptom is the psychiatric correlate, the real diagnosis may be obscure. That s why pcp and psychiatrists try to search for medical causes, including intoxications, etc. Before diagnosing a psychiatric disorder, even if treating it. Ask your dr about your particular case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are some things I can do to psychologically deal with a physical illness? I suffer from multiple chronic illnesses and am feeling overwhelmed
Life-altering illnes: I agree with dr. Blumenfield's excellent thoughts. Also, please remember that like every person alive, you also have inner healing resources that can help you. Guided imagery with a skilled therapist who works with you individually, can help you tap into these. Some say it feels like a spiritual process of reconnecting with forgotten strengths, and even in overwhelm, they no longer feel alone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stress of any kind is well known to cause physical illness. Please read http://divorcesupport. About. Com/od/abusiverelationships/qt/repressed_emotions. Htm
you do not have to live this way. Books that I recommend to patients in this situation include the sociopath next door by martha stout (mar 14, 2006) and a dance with the devil: a true story of marriage to a psychopath by barbara bentley (2008). ...Read more
If the mind is convinced they have a serious physical illness, like cancer, will the body mimic the symptoms?
Could be: That's a really interesting question. I have seen people with false pregnancy (pseudocyesis) -- both men and women. The body is an amazing thing, and so is the mind. If physical illnesses can be manifested like this I don't imagine it could be consciously. . . I have known colleagues who studied certain illnesses, develop those those illnesses and die. I cannot explain this in rational terms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If one's mind is convinced they have a serious physical illness (cancer) will the body actually develop the disease besides mimicking the symptoms?
Severely stressed out because of school, how can I resuce my stress. It's causing physical illness, had a cold/flu for over a month now?
Stress: Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more
It could be real or imaginary.
First see your doctor who will take your history, examine you, and order labs.
It is also likely that your doctor would refer you to a psychologist for advice and care. ...Read more
What are mental illnesses caused by physical and sexual parental abuse as a young child? Any signs to watch for
Mood Problems, PTSD: The most common psychiatric problems related to a history of abuse are various mood related problems, such as depression, and anxiety-related symptoms (including full-blown ptsd). There is also an increased risk of other behavioral problems and substance abuse. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can smoking during pregnancy cause mental illness and physical health complications later in a child's life?
Smoking in pregnancy: Advise to quit as soon as you found out u r pregnant. Low birth weight and other complications possible. Also if quitting now, it would do both of you good. ...Read more
6 yo boy will only eat certain texture foods. We have tried everything. New foods cause him mental/physical distress. Who do we see? What disorder?
Speech therapist: Many children show resistance to trying new foods as they reach the toddler stage, but most eventually outgrow this. If child gags or vomits when eating foods of certain textures, or appears anxious or fearful of new foods, he may have a feeding disorder. Young children may show an aversion to certain food textures because they lack the oral motor skills necessary to eat those foods. Contact doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer