The Mind-Body Connection

If you have had the experience of suffering from a physical ailment for which your physician could not find any real medical cause, and were told “It’s all in your mind”, you might have felt that your doctor did not really understand, because you know that it I was not all in your mind. Whether it is chronic pain, migraines, skin rashes, fibromyalgis, irritable bowel, acid reflux, chronic fatigue syndrome, or an eating disorder, these are very real physical symptoms.

But more often than you might think, the way your mind works may be either causing or contributing to a physical condition. We all feel a bit anxious or depressed at times; this is just part of being human. Your mind is a function of what your brain can do, and the brain resides in your body, so there is a very close relationship between the mind and the body. Psychosomatic reactions are universal, a part of life. We all have them at times.

Unfortunately, many physicians do not consider that many physical conditions might have a psychosomatic component. And so the waiting rooms of internists or family physicians are often filled with suffering people, who receive any number of costly medical tests, and are referred on to a medical specialist, and then another, all looking for a hidden medical cause when often there is none.

Early in my career, I worked in hospital settings and developed an interest in those people who suffered with sometimes debilitating physical ailments, for whom their physicians could not find any real medical cause. I worked in a drug addiction detoxification program, in the department of psychiatry within a medical center, and in a physical rehabilitation hospital. Since then, I have become a psychotherapist with special expertise in treatment of mind/body disorders.

From my experience with mind/body problems in general, I developed expertise in the treatment of people with eating disorders and self-injury.

I have a blog at the Psychology Today website also called the Mind-Body Connection. Go to

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-mind-body-connection