Emotions are at the forefront of everything we do. They often elicit some kind of response within the body – good or bad. When you’re angry, you make become warmer and involuntarily tense up. If you become excited by another’s presence, your blood pressure will rise and you may become more at ease, too. It should come to no surprise that emotions elicit a physical response out of us and can even have an effect on our overall health.
Studies have drawn a link between lower hormone production and prenatal/early childhood trauma. The emotional trauma clearly causes a lasting physical reaction in the body, which will end up being a factor in their medical history. The child’s feelings and experiences altered the course of their physical health in ways that would not otherwise be the same had the trauma not occurred.
The mind and body have an extremely close connection. After all, the brain is the command center of the body and also responsible for emotionally responding to outside factors. It makes perfect sense that some feelings could cause our immune system’s defenses to become over-exerted.
Health and stress have been actively talked about for years. We know that stress can lead to lack of sleep and a loss of appetite, but those reactions very well could have assisted in some type of way. Stress has been known to cause high blood pressure and even full body reactions in the form panic attacks.
Overall mental health can end up as the cause of physical issues. In a distressed mental state, your whole body reacts. This means that physical symptoms could start to manifest themselves. Chris Kresser has stated that he’s “seen big transformations in patients when working with emotions in whatever modality they are working on them.” This is a telling quote. Kresser was able to see a physical change in patients that went through an emotional change right before.