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Stress-related autoimmune diseases

    The exact cause of autoimmune disorders is still unknown.

Yet, powerful emotions affect the immune system in complicated ways and may have serious consequences.

Stress and anxiety have been shown to influence a number of human inflammatory and autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple scleroses, thyroiditis, asthma, dermatitis and many other.

By releasing stress and anxiety, your body creates a loop of positive feedback through the autonomic nervous system. This feedback can lead to significant improvement in symptoms of your stress and anxiety related autoimmun condition.

When it comes to a fractured bone, the standard medical approach is to align and immobilize the bone and then let it heal. Because this approach to a broken bone, always works. When dealing with chronic anxiety or stress, neuro-linguistic-programming, EFT, art-therapy, mindfulness, yoga, craniosacral therapy, gravity blanket, mini-horses therapy and many other approaches, based on very contradictory scientific models are available to tackle the problem.

Yet, the empirical approach in somatic hypnotherapy is the only one to support its promise to uproot and winnow away stress, anxiety and emotional trauma with not only the guarantee of "no cure - no pay" but with the promise of experiencing your good results on the spot. Because just like the antivenom that reacts almost instantly if it is the right one, you will experience the good results of your somatic hypnosis immediately after your session.

The following autoimmune conditions may be aggravated, triggered or caused by anxiety and stress, or may be conditions for which you may be at increased risk if you are exposed to prolonged or intense anxiety and stress.

Allergy Attacks "A new study shows that even slight stress and anxiety can substantially worsen a person’s allergic reaction to some routine allergens. Moreover, the added impact of stress and anxiety seem to linger, causing the second day of a stressed person's allergy attack to be much worse."

Arthritis "Patients often report that episodes of stress or trauma preceded the onset of their rheumatoid arthritis. While stress is nearly impossible to measure, some researchers have suggested that stressful life events, such as divorce, job loss, death of a loved one or accidents, are more common in people with rheumatoid arthritis during the six-month period before disease onset compared with the general population."

Asthma  "While feeling stressed out isn't good for your overall health, it can also trigger asthma attacks just as much as smoke, pets, polluted air, and anything else that causes your asthma to flare. The only difference — stress can be much more difficult to avoid. There's a clear connection between stress and asthma, says Jonathan Bernstein, MD, an immunologist and professor at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, who notes that a number of published studies have shown a strong relationship, and more research is underway."

Fibromyalgia "Emotional stress appears to be a trigger for the development of fibromyalgia in a person who is already biologically at risk. In addition, many people diagnosed with fibromyalgia have psychiatric mood disorders (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (e.g., generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, social phobia) or eating disorders (e.g. anorexia nervosa). Depression, and anxiety disorder have been linked to abnormalities in some of the same neurotransmitters that are thought to be involved in pain perception (e.g., serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine)."

Fibromyalgia  "A number of studies have shown a link between anxiety and fibromyalgia, however, the nature of the link is not yet understood. Some experts, according to a report, "Fibromyalgia," in The New York Times, "believe that fibromyalgia is not a disease, but is rather a chronic pain condition brought on by several abnormal body responses to stress."

Immune System Deficiency "Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. Until now, it has not been clear exactly how stress influences disease and health. Now researchers have found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response. The research shows for the first time that the effects of psychological stress on the body's ability to regulate inflammation can promote the development and progression of disease."

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) "The issue of MS and stress is an important one. Major life events like marriage breakdown, moving house, losing or changing jobs, losing close friends or loved ones, and so on, have a profound effect on general wellbeing. A number of published papers have looked at the subject from several angles. It appears clear that major life events, or more particularly our reaction to them, can often trigger MS attacks."

Controlling stress helps fight Lupus. “A study conducted in the Department of Medicine at the University of Granada determined that daily stress (which occurs in circumstances of little importance but of high frequency) could exacerbate the symptoms of patients suffering from lupus. In other words, controlling the stress level of those suffering from this disease allows the determination of its negative effects, such as inexplicable loss of weight, feeling of fatigue, continuous fever or pain and inflammation in joints. In other words, the treatment of daily stress, together with the usual pharmacological treatment, is a useful weapon when treating patients suffering from lupus.”

Psoriasis "Weather, stress, injury, infection, and medications, while not direct causes, are often important in triggering the disease process that initiates and worsens psoriasis. Stress and Strong Emotions. Stress, unexpressed anger, and emotional disorders, including depression and anxiety, are strongly associated with psoriasis flare-ups. Research has suggested that stress can trigger specific immune factors associated with psoriasis flares"

Rheumathoid Arthritis "Researchers have found new links between stress at work and risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Stress is now recognized as an important risk factor in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis.

Long-lasting stress may lead to proinflammatory effects, because no adequate long-term anti-inflammatory responses are available, he states. In contrast to osteoarthritis, the more common form of arthritis caused by trauma or infection of a joint, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks itself."

Shingles (Herpes Zoster, Zona ) "However, emotional stress does wear away at the immune system, attacking it’s ability to defend the body against all kinds of illnesses. There are any number of types of stressful situations that can damage the immune system. For example, the death of a loved one, especially if it’s unexpected, can feel like a shock. Chronic stress at work or at home, can take their toll on health"


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Disclaimer: The above content is intended for general informational purposes and does not constitute any psychological or other medical professional advice. I don't diagnose conditions, nor do I interfere with any treatments given by your medical professional.

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