By Valerie Mellema
Psychosomatic illness begins with emotional stress or a damaging thought pattern. It manifests itself through physical symptoms that are real. Stress-related illness is very common and it can harm you as much as the symptoms that you feel from it. Many people tend to write off stress-related illness as not being real, but it is a serious condition that should be dealt with.
It is estimated that approximately 90% of doctor's visits are due to issues that are influenced in part by stress. This shows that psychosomatic illness is much more common than people realize. If you have a problem with stress and your health, you need to search for stress relief as well as learn various stress management techniques.
Often times, psychosomatic disorders are caused by more than simple day-to-day or workplace stress. This type of stress is often related to major life changing events. For instance, the loss of parents or the loss of a spouse can cause a unique type of stress to be placed on a person. Combine this stress with grief and you are likely to see an onset of physical disorders associated with it.
The natural aging process can also influence or exacerbate psychosomatic disorders, especially those generated by depression or depression caused by stress. This is also related to psychosomatic disorders caused by the loss of loved ones or even retirement. In this case, the person often exhibits the onset of physical disorders as they relate to aging.
In order to stay healthy, it is important that you learn how to deal with your stress and eliminate unnecessary stress from your life. There are various methods that you can utilize to create a healthier lifestyle and to live a stress free life. The first step in doing this is to take a stress test. This is generally a personality test that helps you to determine how much stress you are under. From there, you can work to create a stress management plan.
There are various treatments available for psychosomatic disorders. In many cases it may simply be the person needs to learn stress management skills. Psychotherapy and alternative therapies are also utilized to help individuals through this condition. In many cases, psychosomatic illness and symptoms will disappear once the person is able to find stress relief. Treatment may also involve anti-anxiety medication or anti-depressants. These are often used in conjunction with therapy. Unlike those people who suffer from hypochondria, psychosomatic illness sufferers are experiencing real pain and symptoms that can be felt physically, but the cause cannot be diagnosed, as it is often too much stress or another condition.