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WHAT IS PSYCHOSOMATIC PAIN?
Some people think that psychosomatic pain is purely a mental disorder, but that is not entirely true. In fact, it usually refers to a physical problem or disease that worsens or is exacerbated by mental causes. In the same way, that feeling anxious can lead to shortness of breath or even pain, psychosomatic pain can present as a physical symptom inflamed by something going on mentally or emotionally.
HOW PSYCHOSOMATIC PAIN AFFECTS PHYSICAL CONDITIONS
The medical professionals at Elevate Psychiatry are aware that there are many different physical conditions that can manifest or be worsened by mental disorders. These can include the following:
- Skin Conditions: Rashes such as those caused by psoriasis or eczema can be triggered from a psychosomatic episode. While topical treatments can help with the symptoms, treating the trigger may help to prevent future flare-ups.
- Circulatory Conditions: High blood pressure can be worsened by mental conditions such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Heart problems also can manifest as a symptom of mental health problems.
- Respiratory Conditions: Breathing harder is a sign of mental distress and can lead to panic attacks, sometimes triggered by a stressful event. This can cause additional issues for those who are already prone to respiratory problems, such as people with emphysema or asthma.
When the physical symptoms of psychosomatic pain disrupt everyday life and make it nearly impossible to perform normal daily functions, it may be time to seek professional help.
PSYCHOSOMATIC DISORDER TREATMENT
Depending on how the pain is manifesting physically, psychosomatic disorder treatment may include cognitive-behavioral therapy, a combination of CBT, and medicinal options. CBT may help to probe into potential stressor events that are making certain issues even worse. By identifying the possible root mental cause of a psychosomatic disorder, you and your Elevate Psychiatry therapist can create a plan for moving forward.
It’s possible that medication may also help when used in conjunction with therapy. Sometimes antidepressants, sedatives, or even creams and ointments can aid in calming physical conditions, while psychotherapy works on treating the mental side of things.