Diabetes, coeliac disease, and even rheumatoid arthritis may sometimes be caused by stress.
Most people will experience an episode of severe stress or a major trauma at some point in their life. For example a divorce, the death of someone close, a serious accident or physical violence or abuse.
Some people find that they recover from such deep hurtful experiences. But many will develop stress disorders which may include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or forms of ongoing chronic anxiety disorder.
Research shows that these type of stress disorders can create heightened levels of Cortisol and stress related hormones and prolonged exposure to these can cause memory problems, weaker bones, increased blood pressure and can even reduce fertility as well as impacting negatively upon immune functioning.
The University of Iceland has found an association between stress-related conditions such as anxiety and PTSD and autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease, and even rheumatoid arthritis .
This furthers work in the area which identified a direct link between PTSD and lupus, in 2016 Healthline reported on the link between rheumatoid arthritis and PTSD, a link has been uncovered between rheumatoid arthritis and 9/11 first responders and in 2008 a study was published which indicated that up to 80% of patients who were diagnosed with an autoimmune disease reported uncommon emotional stress before disease onset.
“Stress really affects long-term health,” said the lead author, Dr. Huan Song, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Iceland. “It affects not only psychiatric health, but leaves people vulnerable to other diseases. There are many treatments now available for stress-related disorders, and it’s important for people to get treatment early.”
Clinical hypnotherapy has a proven record in treating anxiety, stress, PTSD and other similar issues successfully, with the hypnotherapist working in partnership with the client to identify and treat those ‘triggers’, allowing the person understand them and cope with them in the future.
In some cases, a therapist could use cognitive hypnotherapy or analytical hypnotherapy, both of which function on a deeper level than suggestion hypnotherapy and are able to work with the unconscious mind so that negative beliefs which were built up during the trauma can be explored and alleviated.
I work with many people with physical problems that are either caused by or acerbated by stress and anxiety and through psychotherapy and clinical hypnotherapy I help to give my clients the tools to get better.