Dr. David Hanscom, the author of “Anxiety: Another Name for Pain,” has posted an article on Psychology Today, explaining that your mental health is much more critical than your physical health.
He explains that it is clear that our mental health is the key driver of our physical health when we examine the chemical effects of the mind on the body.
Dr. Hanscom, who is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, gave up his clinical practice in 2018. Focusing on his efforts to offer effective treatments for mental and physical ailments, Dr. Hanscom has published several books for patients and doctors to make the best decision about their care.
He says, “If our thoughts are pleasant, our bodies will secrete chemicals such as oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine that create a sense of relaxation and well-being.”
On the other hand, if we feel stressed, our thoughts will give rise to the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol, adrenaline, histamines, cytokines, and other chemicals that can create a sense of fear and insecurity.
Dr. Hanscom says, “There are different terms to describe the physical consequences of sustained levels of stress chemicals in your body, such as Mind Body Syndrome (MBS), Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS), Central Sensitization Syndrome (CSS), and Stress Illness Disorder – the I have chosen is “Neurophysiologic Disorder” (NPD).”
He explains that our thoughts are a neurological input to our nervous system, which eventually creates a physiological process similar to a physical stimulus.
“There are over 33 possible symptoms, which are manifestations of an untreated NPD,” says Dr. Hanscom, adding that modern medicine is focusing on treating the symptoms and not the root cause of the condition, which is often associated with our nervous system.
The author has mentioned all of the 33 symptoms in the article posted on the Psychology Today titled “Mental Health Is More Critical Than Physical Health.” You will get a detailed explanation of why your mental health is more important than physical health.
He explains, “The solution lies in addressing deeply pre-programmed behavioral patterns. The unconscious brain is much more powerful than the conscious brain. You must utilize strategies that stimulate your brain to rewire.”
“You cannot ‘fix’ yourself because your attention is still on the problem and not the solution,” he added. “The key is to work within a framework that allows you to organize your thinking so that you can reconnect with your own body’s healing capacity.”