Psychosomatic disorders are caused by psychological problems. Repressed emotions, stress, and emotional experience which the human psyche cannot deal with can transform into physical illness.
For example, typical psychosomatic disorders are considered to be:
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Bronchial asthma
• Gastric ulcer and duodenal bulb ulcer
Diabetes, atherosclerotic heart disease and many other disorders are frequently caused by stress. In this respect, there is some truth to the saying - ‘All diseases are caused by worrying’.
Any emotion, either positive or negative, cause physical changes within the body, such as changes to the heart rate, blood pressure, muscle work and hormones. Failure to maintain a balance between psychological perception and physical changes within the body, results in various illnesses.
Psychosomatic disorders cannot be cured by just taking medication. The person can undergo treatment for years, but will fail to recover from psychosomatic disorders. It is up to psychotherapists to treat such patients. Only then can the true diagnosis of an illness be discovered. These vary from psychological traumas, such as inner childhood conflicts, demotivation, a sense of guilt and other factors, which cause somatic symptoms.
Depression is one of the most widespread diseases in the practice of psychotherapy. According to the statistics, almost one-fourth of the population of developed countries suffer from it. In many cases, people do not seek the medical attention they need.
The reasons of depression vary, but all of them have the same symptoms, which are as follows:
• Loss of interest in daily activities
• Retarded movements
• Sleep changes or Insomnia
• Anger or irritability
• Loss of energy
Depression is a major risk factor for suicide. Not only does depression affect all the aspects of human activity, but it also changes one’s behavior.
Neurosis is caused by psychological stress, in which the nervous system cannot cope with. These kind of disorders are becoming extremely widespread among residents of big cities because of the frantic pace of life. All this leads to nervous exhaustion. The pace of life in a big city is no match, even for people with the steadiest of nerves.
Stresses and psychological traumas are the fundamental causes leading to neuroses. People with vulnerable psyche are more likely to suffer, because they are anxious and emotionally unstable. The consequences of upbringing can also affect the proclivity towards neuroses. Children who are over protected are more likely to suffer neuroses. People suffering from illness, fatigue and sleep disorders are also at risk developing neuroses.
Every single one of us could face this disorder. It is considered a serious problem only if the person suffers from it on a regular basis.
According to the statistics, 10% of the population in big cities suffer from various sleep disorders. Not all of them seek medical advice, which is not good – in the majority of cases, an efficient and timely treatment can be effective.
Alcoholism a disease, which is developed because of disturbances in metabolism. Alcohol addiction results in the lack of pleasure neurotransmitters, which start to appear just when the alcohol is consumed. This causes alcohol addiction as a sole source of pleasure.
Alcoholism among women is an issue in itself. It is much easier for a woman to become addicted to alcohol, while toxic substances cause even more damage. It is more difficult to treat this type of alcoholism.
We help patients of both sexes, with any degree of alcohol dependence, including chronic alcoholism. According to the statistics, 10% of the population in big cities suffer from various sleep disorders. Not all of them seek medical advice, which is not good – in the majority of cases, an efficient and timely treatment can be effective.
Drug addiction is a serious illness which cannot be healed without assistance. Drug addiction can be strong enough to lose the connection with relatives and loved ones. There is not only a psychological dependency, but a physical one as well. If a patient does not get any help, they may die. That is why it is essential to notice the changes in the person’s behavior and try to help them in time.
We treat following drug and substance addictions: Barbiturates, Heroin, Cocaine, Benzodiazepines, Designer Drugs, LSD, Ecstasy, Cannabis, Methadone, Methamphetamine etc.
A powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant in South America.
Short-term possible health effects of cocaine:
Narrowed blood vessels; enlarged pupils; increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; headache; abdominal pain and nausea; euphoria; increased energy, alertness; insomnia, restlessness; anxiety; erratic and violent behavior, panic attacks, paranoia, psychosis; heart rhythm problems, heart attack; stroke, seizure, coma. Long-term possible health effects of cocaine:
Loss of sense of smell, nosebleeds, nasal damage and trouble swallowing from snorting; infection and death of bowel tissue from decreased blood flow; poor nutrition and weight loss from decreased appetite.
Benzodiazepines are substance known as tranquilizers. Famous brands of these drugs include diazepam (Valium), Lorazepam (Ativan), Clonazepam (Klonopin), and Alprazolam (Xanax).
Benzodiazepines addiction may increase dementia probability. Benzodiazepines may cause brain damage and may cause cancer as well as be responsible for the sudden death.
Heroin was invented as a medicine in 19th century by a German pharmaceutical company Bayer. It was intended to serve as a painkiller and was also used for cough treatment. Heroin is an opiode and is produced from a poppy plant.
Short-Term possible health effects:
"Rush", Depressed respiration, clouded mental functioning, nausea and vomiting, suppression of pain.
Long-Term possible health effects:
Addiction, infectious diseases, (HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C), collapsed veins, bacterial infections, abscesses, infection of heart lining and valves, arthritis and other rheumatologic problems
Game addiction is being dependent on gaming and computer games. The desire to play is becoming dominant in the patient’s life, whilst their family, job and other hobbies become less significant. What are the reasons for this addiction? As a rule, it is the consequences of different problems. When a person is playing, they are escaping the difficulties of real life. This results in psychological problems and social alienation. Game addiction is an illness which can take a long time to recover from.
Food is one of the main sources of pleasure. It is for this reason that it can also become an addiction. Food consumption is accompanied with the feelings of peace and tranquility which is characteristic of a person who has just had a meal. It often results in the desire to eat in order to calm down. Sometimes this addiction is very difficult to control and can be compared with alcohol abuse or drug addiction.
This kind of addiction is aggravated by the fact that overeating is not perceived by the majority of people as bad. Only after becoming obese and suffer from illness do people become concerned about this problem. A patient tries to lose weight by going on a diet, but after losing several kilos breaks away and gains even more weight. It is up to the experts to help fight food addiction, but it may take a long time. This therapy aims not only at making restrictions, but also at having the right attitude towards eating. As the saying goes, “Eat to live, not live to eat”.
Anorexia – What Does it Mean?
Anorexia is a when a person rejects food which results in total exhaustion. It is closely connected with a distorted perception of the body and a constant fear of gaining weight. People suffering from anorexia consider themselves to be obese, even if they are on the brink of dying because of malnutrition. Women are more likely to suffer from this disorder, especially those who are emotional and sensitive. Teenagers are also prone to anorexia. Parents should be extremely attentive to their teenagers if they appear to not be satisfied with their appearance or weight.
Anorexia is an extremely dangerous disorder, in which the person will need assistance to overcome.
Bulimia is a disorder in which there is an interchange between overeating and attempting to bring up the consumed food. The patient cannot control the process of taking a meal. They try to hide overeating as they are tormented by the feeling of guilt. As a rule, such patients tend to have psychological problems such as dissatisfaction and a constant fear of gaining additional weight. His or her state is aggravated by the feeling of guilt and depression.
Smoking is one of the most widespread addictions, however, smokers do not pose a direct threat to those around them, unlike those who suffer from alcohol or drug addiction. Smoking causes various grave diseases. This addiction is extremely difficult to stop. Nicotine causes a very strong psychological dependence. In some cases it is vital to get medical help. Specialists in the Hellerhof clinic will help you stop this bad habit, and begin a new healthy life without cigarettes.