Have you ever had a “harrowing” experience? Feels “nausea” in certain situations? Have you ever felt “butterflies” in the stomach? Have you had constipation or diarrhea when I was stressed or nervous

The explanation for this is that the gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to our emotions: anger, anxiety, sadness, joy – all these emotions and others can manifest from intestino.Isso is because the gut has its own nervous system, which is connected to the brain through branches.

so when the person feels any strong emotion, it can have problems bowel function like diarrhea, constipation, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal pain or even ulcer.

the brain has a direct effect on the stomach, like the fact that we think of eating can free juices in the stomach before meals arrive there, for example. And this link can happen both ways. In other words, a disturbed bowel can send signals to the brain, such as disturbed brain can send signals to the intestine. Therefore, upset stomach or intestines may be the cause or the result of anxiety, stress or depression. This is because the brain and the gastrointestinal system are closely linked. – So closely that should be seen as a system

Certainly, we can remind us of certain situations of gastrointestinal discomfort without an obvious physical cause. So, sometimes it is difficult to try to heal a distressed intestine, without considering the role of stress and emotion.

Given the proximity of the interaction between the gut and the brain, it is easier to understand why we feel nauseous before making a presentation or feel a “tummy ache” during periods of stress. However, this does not mean that the gastrointestinal diseases are imagined or “all in your head!” Psychosocial factors influencing the real physiology of the intestine as well as the symptoms.

Thus, the stress (or depression or psychological factors) can affect the movement and contractions of the gastrointestinal tract , causing inflammation and make it more susceptible to infection.

in addition, studies suggest that some people with gastrointestinal disorders have the perception of a more acute pain than others. This is because their brains do not adequately regulate pain signals from the gastrointestinal tract. And thus, the stress can make existing pain look even worse.

Based on these observations, we can expect that at least some individuals with specific gastrointestinal conditions can improve with treatment to reduce the stress or deal . with anxiety or depression

Thais Martins Santos

Psicologa of ClinLife

CRP 04 24 638

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