The World Health Organization states that 85% of all diseases are psychosomatic, meaning they originate in our minds.
These pathologies arise from the body’s response to changes our state of mind, generally caused by stress, anxiety, depression, grief, losses or situations that lead to suffering. However, everyone reacts differently to similar situations. According to the Anxiety Clinic in Spain, some reasons for these diseases include:
Stress-based response: Stress is a state of mental exhaustion where people feel they have a responsibility that is greater than what they can handle. It is also considered a mental response to situations that appear to be out of one’s control, leading to a more permanent, sad state of mind. Therefore, it generally comes along with depression and anxiety-related symptoms. It is also the main trigger of psychosomatic disease as it affects the body.
Mental disorders: There are different types of mental disorders including personality, anxiety, bipolar, psychosis and panic disorders as well as post-traumatic stress disorder, among others. These are generally characterized by changes in behavior, frame of mind and in emotions. For someone that suffers from one of these, they most inevitably will develop “psychosomatic illnesses” as they function like the physical consequences of a psychological state. See also: Health care for the mind.
Personality traits and coping styles: All people have a way of behaving, thinking, seeing and interpreting the world, which involves a set of intellectual, emotional and communicative qualities. This group of individual characteristics is referred to as personality. Coping styles, on the other hand, are more related to character and temperament; character being how the individual manages on a day-to-day basis.
Maladaptive behavior: There are two types of behaviors: Adaptive or confrontational behavior and maladaptive or avoidant behavior. In most cases, adaptive behavior is what allows people to overcome challenges, think positively, seek solutions and clearly analyze what the best option is. Maladaptive behavior is the opposite of this and occurs when people immerse themselves in the problem or try to avoid it, causing the person to feel frustrated if they do not overcome the problem. See also: Feed your brain.