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Model of psychosomatic disease formation

The formation of psychosomatic illness occurs over a long time and in stages. Externally, these changes are not always noticeable, and not always a person can connect stress factors with the development of chronic diseases.

Let us consider the stages of the formation of a psychosomatic condition using the example of such an important organ as the liver.

1 stage - action of stress factors

A long-acting stressor causes a change in the emotional background and the appearance of negative emotions. Let's take a closer look at the stressors present in the case of liver disease.

Anger is the most frequent and intense experience a person experiences. Anger causes him to ignore all topics related to worldview, religion, and spiritual values. Any discussion of these topics provokes uncontrollable anger. Irritability often provokes hatred of those who get in the way of the subject(s) in their frantic search for truth. Grasping hastily at everything at once, he/she easily becomes enraged and often bursts into screaming. Unexpressed resentment often leads to reckless actions and can manifest itself in a tendency to exhibitionism. The person who is picky and always wants to be right is often angry because he or she is afraid. 

The second most important destructive value is the experience of fear. Afraid of losing something, a person becomes pathologically punctual. He resists any changes in his life and schedule. If these changes are inevitable, they often entail a complete change in the structure of the personality. Demanding increased attention, the subject(s) often despairs if he or she does not receive it. These experiences lead to a loss of a sense of responsibility. Constant agitation makes the person unable to coordinate his or her own life, and some areas of life may be completely lost. For example, various sexual dysfunctions are not uncommon. Excessive activity of the mind leads to constant anxiety. The person cannot put himself or herself in other people's shoes and does not understand how to behave. 

An additional destructive effect is the experience of sadness. The depressed state leads to global fantasies about the unattainable, formation of exaggerated, unattainable ideals. Sometimes sadness is not expressed explicitly; a person complains about life, gets depressed, but those around him or her do not notice it. In this case, complete disappointment sets in. The person(s) tries with all his or her might to suppress his or her negative emotions and spends a lot of energy on this, as a result of which fatigue often increases. The person more and more often resorts to self-deception to prove to himself/herself that his/her efforts are not in vain, but on the contrary, this makes his/her mood even more unstable.

Stage 2 - change of the emotional sphere

Negative emotions in each case have an individual coloring (irritation, anger, depression), but they all have at their core one of the basic human emotions - fear, anger, etc. 

Possible variants of emotions that damage the liver: 

  • Anxiety;
  • Excitement;
  • Rage;
  • Unexpressed resentment;
  • Unexpressed sadness;
  • Hatred;
  • Despair;
  • Disappointment;
  • Fear; 

When any negative emotion is experienced for a long time, a persistent focus of excitation is formed in the cerebral cortex. To saturate the muscles and vital organs with nutrients and energy, the activity of the adrenal glands increases, which produces stress hormones: adrenaline and noradrenaline. These in turn increase the production of other hormones: glucocorticoids. 

The action of these hormones cannot be underestimated, because they:

  • Increase the mobilization of the body;
  • Increase the heart rate;
  • Increase muscle tone;
  • Saturate your muscles with nutrients;
  • Increase the flow of glucose into the tissues.

The essence of these changes is the desire to escape from danger, from a stressful situation to a quieter place. But the question is, is there any real danger?

Stage 3 - formation of a stable pathological mechanism of regulation of the body's activity and the emergence of new behavioral reactions

If negative emotions act for a long time, self-regulation mechanisms are depleted. An excess of stress hormones, such as adrenaline and noradrenaline, prevents the release of negative emotions and perpetuates their stressful effect on the body. 

Outwardly, this is manifested by changes in behavior and character. Probabilistic list of destructive personality traits:

  • Recklessness
  • Anger
  • Pathological punctuality
  • Irritability
  • Haste

The person begins to live according to the stressful situation, developing a certain model of behavior. Probable destructive patterns of social behavior:

  • Global Fantasies
  • Ignoring topics related to worldview, religion, spiritual values
  • Inability to coordinate one's own life
  • Inability to adapt to conditions
  • Inability to put yourself in other people's shoes
  • Constant complaints
  • Picky
  • Self-Deception
  • Tendency to shout loudly
  • Proclivity to exhibitionism
  • Tendency to suppress negative emotions
  • Resistance to change
  • The desire to always be right
  • Demanding more attention to yourself
  • Excessive activity of the mind

At this time, serious shifts occur in the body. Human organs begin to function under conditions similar to constant stress. The regulation of their activity, their blood circulation, and nutrition change.

Stage 4 - formation of functional changes

During stress, a lot of blood flows to the vital organs, while less important organs receive less blood, nutrients, and oxygen. In addition, more nerve impulses rush to the important organs. Against the background of changes in blood circulation, hormonal and nervous regulation, depending on the importance of the organ and the proportion of its participation in stressful situations, its function slows down or speeds up. Regeneration mechanisms are intensified in important organs, young cells are actively produced and damaged areas are repaired. In less important organs there is a decrease in the reserve stocks of nutrients and a slowing down of the rate of repair processes. 

The first indicator indicating whether the medical component of the model has been activated or not is the psycho-morphological processes in the organ. If the model is active, then the person is at the stage of formation of disease of the organ. If the model is not active, then the person is still at stages 1-3 described above.

Stage 5 - formation of organic changes

Gradually, the organ's reserves become depleted. It ceases to respond to constant amplified signals. Excessive blood flow is replaced by a slowing of the blood flow, a decrease in the rate of delivery of nutrients and oxygen, and the function of the organ slows down. Those organs that have been in conditions of depleted blood flow, insufficient nerve stimulation, "forget" the normal mode of operation. Their functions are gradually lost, some of the organ tissues are turned off from normal activity and replaced by inactive tissue. 

On the background of these changes, which are called "organic", the disease develops. Organic changes in the organ are a second indicator, indicating whether or not activation of the medical component of the model has occurred.

Psycho-emotional and underlying personality changes which occur to the person at stages 4 and 5 of disease formation are described in table ”Consequences/ Manifestations” below:  

  • Depression
  • Exaggerated ideals
  • Changes in the personality structure
  • Mood instability
  • Loss of a sense of responsibility
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Decreased intellectual capacity
  • Fatigue
  • LIVER DISEASES 

The Virtual Health Scanner and Sensitive Imago show the processes of formation of organic and functional changes for each organ. It is these parameters that I analyze on the fact of testing and this basis I can draw an objective conclusion about the activation pattern and the formation of psychosomatic disease in the organ. Conclusions without specialized psychosomatic diagnostics are just fiction! 

Stage 6 - an increase of the negative emotional background and destructive features of the personality caused by the illness

The physical suffering that accompanies any illness causes a person to rush from one doctor to another, to take medications that only temporarily alleviate the suffering. A person comes to terms with his illness or begins to deny it. 

In both cases, the person's negative emotional state will only intensify, his or her character will deteriorate, which will lead to a worsening of social adaptation, deterioration of relations with relatives, and an increase in the level of stress in life. The person gets into a situation of "a snake biting its tail", i.e. the stronger illness is, the worse character is, the more stressful it is, and the stress only intensifies the illness, and so on to infinity.

Summary:

each body organ has its model of psychosomatic disease formation. In theory, all specialists can reason about it, but in practice, not every medical psychologist can make a diagnosis and justify his opinion! This is because, in addition to a good medical-psychological education, you need to have special software and be able to work on it! 

Let's say the Virtual Health Scanner costs 26000 EUR, Sensitive Imago costs 13000 EUR. Add to this the training, personal time, and experience in working with this software! Not every psychologist has all this equipment and knows how to work with it? Unfortunately, there are very few colleagues at my level in Bulgaria! Conclude for yourself - which clinical psychologist is better to trust your psychosomatic and mental health?

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