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Can feeling guilty cause health problems?

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Dr. Gerald Bausek
Psychiatry
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In brief: Guilt feelings

Absolutely! guilt feelings can not only cause illness, they are often caused by an illness called depression.
Guilt feelings result in a great deal of suffering and you would be wise to consult with a psychotherapist. If you are diagnosed with depression, medication may also help in alleviating your suffering.

In brief: Guilt feelings

Absolutely! guilt feelings can not only cause illness, they are often caused by an illness called depression.
Guilt feelings result in a great deal of suffering and you would be wise to consult with a psychotherapist. If you are diagnosed with depression, medication may also help in alleviating your suffering.
Dr. Gerald Bausek
Dr. Gerald Bausek
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Certainly

Feeling guilty is a close cousin to serious anxiety.
Things occur when a person has guilt associated anxiety. Our parasympathetic nervous system can go on a binge affecting heart beat, G.I. Activity, sleep, appetite, energy levels and things like our mental clarity and decision making capabilities. Guilt can become depression and it's very clear that depression has health consequences.

In brief: Certainly

Feeling guilty is a close cousin to serious anxiety.
Things occur when a person has guilt associated anxiety. Our parasympathetic nervous system can go on a binge affecting heart beat, G.I. Activity, sleep, appetite, energy levels and things like our mental clarity and decision making capabilities. Guilt can become depression and it's very clear that depression has health consequences.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Thank you. Like all negative feelings, guilt should be dealt with as quickly as possible.
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