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Coronavirus and psychosomatics: why stress and panic make us vulnerable to infections

Coronavirus has reached pandemic status. Many countries are closing borders trying to prevent new infections. World media every day write about the increase in the number of infected. At this moment, it is important not to panic, because because of stress a person becomes more vulnerable. Writes about it 360tv.

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According to physician Denis Kondratiev, a very narrow layer of the population is subject to true psychosomatics.

“The percentage of people exposed to psychosomatic changes associated with informational events is very small,” the doctor said.

He said that it’s not dangerous to look for the sores described in the media. It is much more important that at this moment a person begins to worry.

“A person is constantly in stress, which is the cause of several other diseases. Against the background of what a person is experiencing, he may become infected with some other virus, ”said Kondratiev.

According to the doctor, even on fever, even the temperature may rise slightly.

“The temperature can rise, but not up to 39 degrees, but, for example, up to 37 - 37,1. And then this is not for every person this can be, ”he said.

According to Kondratiev, nerves are the cause of most various diseases.

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“The weakening of the immune system just does not happen. Stress always plays a role. And lack of sleep, feelings and psychosomatics - all this refers to stress, ”he concluded.

Kondratyev recommended that residents do not worry and comply with the recommendations of health departments.

“It is necessary to observe banal measures: often disinfect and wash hands. “Do not touch the eyes, mouth and nose, do not go abroad again,” he said.

How does psychosomatics work?

The very word "psychosomatics" means the interaction between the psyche and the body. Most psychosomatic diseases of a person arise as a result of some psychological reasons, mainly under the influence of stress, writes GP5.

We all undergo stress all the time throughout our lives. Any impact on a person, any life situation or event, even a joyful one, is stress.

The response to stress is completely different for everyone. But there is always a readiness for some kind of action: either to run away from this situation, or to destroy the source of danger (this is genetically laid).

In a stressful situation, the brain announces combat readiness situation No. 1. All muscles are tensed. Hormones are released into the bloodstream that will help the body cope with the situation:

  • the heart begins to beat harder and more often;
  • breathing becomes shallow and quickened;
  • muscles tighten;
  • sweat is released.

As a result, a person is ready to perform an action. But he does not commit it, but sits and worries that someone offended him. It turns out the work is idle: our body is ready for action, but we do not commit them. The brain hangs up - no action. After a while, the feeling of fear and anxiety again triggers, the brain again gives the number 1 preparedness command. And so several times a day.

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As a result, we get a failure of self-regulation in the body.

What are psychosomatic diseases?

With prolonged effects of stress on the body, functional disorders of the body begin:

  • a person begins to jump blood pressure;
  • pains begin in the upper back and neck, because with anxiety we unconsciously raise our shoulders and try to hide our head;
  • from constant tension of the muscles of the upper body, headaches begin;
  • hyperventilation may occur due to a feeling of lack of air, we constantly try to breathe oxygen as deep as possible;
  • irritable bowel syndrome may occur: rumbling in the abdomen, pain, diarrhea;
  • gastric ulcer is often triggered precisely by a stressful condition - an increased release of hydrochloric acid to digest food that is not in the stomach and, as a result, erosion. Microbes settled on these places and the process started;
  • there are problems with the work of the cardiovascular system, the so-called vegetative-vascular dystonia, as a result of anxiety disorder;
  • fluctuations in the stress of insulin and blood glucose occur in stress - frequent breakdowns can give impetus to the development of diabetes mellitus.

Clinicians of the last century identified a number of psychosomatic diseases called the "holy seven of psychosomatoses":

  1. Bronchial asthma
  2. Rheumatoid arthritis
  3. Diabetes
  4. Arterial hypertension
  5. Gastric ulcer and 12 duodenal ulcer
  6. Ulcerative colitis
  7. Neurodermatitis

At the moment, the following diseases are also referred to psychomatics:

  • infertility;
  • pancreatitis;
  • headache;
  • gingivitis;
  • caries;
  • alcoholism;
  • addiction;
  • complicated pregnancy;
  • violation of the menstrual cycle;
  • sexual dysfunctions.

Symptoms of Psychosomatic Diseases

The main symptoms of psychosomatic diseases:

  • traditional treatment does not help;
  • analyzes and examinations of the patient do not show the presence of the disease, although the disease is in fact (this is not a simulation!);
  • a person becomes confident in the uniqueness, features of his illness.

When we go to the doctor, we get a traditional treatment that temporarily relieves the symptoms, but after the end of the course of treatment everything comes back. The disease becomes an incurable traditional treatment method.

How to treat psychosomatic diseases

About half of the diseases are psychosomatic in nature (15-50%) and require a specific approach to treatment.

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In the case of psychosomatic diseases, it is not necessary to treat the body, but the cause that caused the disease of the body. And the reason is in the head - and until a person gets rid, for example, of increased anxiety, does not learn to cope with its manifestation, until these problems continue.

Therefore, along with traditional treatment by a specialized doctor, it is necessary to consult a psychotherapist, neurologist, psychiatrist who will help to cope with the psychological cause of the disease.

No psychosomatic disease can be cured without correction of the psychological state of the patient.

If a person is in a stressful situation for a long time, at first he develops an anxiety state: anxiety, anxiety. Over time, this condition can turn into a depressive one, because the protective mechanisms are depleted and at that moment the immunity decreases. All the body's defense systems collapse.

A person becomes susceptible, including colds. Colds cannot be called psychosomatic, but due to a decrease in immunity under the influence of stress, the patient becomes more susceptible to viral infections.

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