8 Physical Symptoms from Psychological Traumas

The human mind is a curious thing and it might
be much more powerful than anyone fully realizes. We’ve all heard urban legends of people displaying
stunning examples of mind over matter, but what does mainstream psychology have to say
about this? Are any of these bizarre, seemingly magical
occurrences proven by science? There are countless situations where psychological
changes in the brain have caused baffling effects in the physical real world. When, psychologists have studied and observed
this phenomena, they’re often at a complete loss for words. One thing’s for sure, there’s an incredible
connection between the mind and the body. Helen Ross was just one patient who suffered
from a rare condition called cardiomyopathy, otherwise known as broken heart syndrome. Simply put, she almost lost her life due to
a broken heart caused by a failed romance. In this case, her broken heart wasn’t just
a metaphor, her stress created a real physical effect. In fact, her heart completely stopped beating
and she even needed a pacemaker for years after this literally heartbreaking moment. The placebo effect is one of the most famous
examples of mind over matter. Sometimes we’re given a medication or a treatment
that we believe to be effective in some way, but in reality, it’s just a sugar pill or
an injection filled with salt water. Even though the seemingly useless medicine
shouldn’t benefit our bodies in any way, our minds seem to make it real. One famous study involves a doctor who started
administering a placebo injection instead of morphine because he was afraid his patient
would develop a dependency. Stunningly, the patient experienced no difference
in pain relief. So why does this happen? Researchers believe that in this specific
case, the brain releases pain relieving endorphins because of an expected reaction after a placebo
injection. This might also explain other examples of
the placebo effect throughout mainstream science, like the fact that big red pills are almost
always more effective than other sizes and colors. Men won’t ever experience what it’s like to
get pregnant, but sometimes their mind seem to create some of the symptoms. Also known as couvade syndrome, this strange
phenomenon causes men to experience cramps, morning sickness and even swollen stomachs. Studies have revealed that there are no possible
physical causes for these symptoms, the only explanation is that it’s caused by the brain,
and it’s possibly related to anxiety over their partners pregnancy. After the amputation of limbs, many patients
experience pain in parts of their bodies which do not physically exist anymore, known as
phantom limb pain. It’s one of the hardest things to deal with
as an amputee, it’s also one of the most stunning examples of a physical symptom caused by the
brain alone. Researchers aren’t exactly sure what causes
phantom limb pain, but they think it might have something to do with nerve signals being
sent by the brain. When these nerves can’t connect with their
matching limbs, they seem to automatically create a pain response in the brain. History is littered with examples of people
exhibiting superhuman strength, seemingly doing things that should not be possible. One example was when 22 year old Lauren karnaki
lifted a BMW in order to save her father or Tom Boyle who lifted a 3,000 pound Camaro
in order to save a trap cyclist. There are tons of other real documented examples
of this so-called superhuman strength. So how is it even possible? Researchers state that things like adrenaline
and endorphins are important, and that these factors prevent our muscles from ripping and
being completely destroyed. But the truth is that most of the time, we’re
not using a hundred percent of our power until fear and shock unleashes our potential. By now, most of us have heard stories about
the power of meditation. Skilled Buddhist monks have displayed incredible
control over their bodies, even controlling their blood pressure and heart beats. But one of the most impressive effects of
meditation is the ability to survive extreme temperatures. Wim Hof, otherwise known as the Iceman, is
famous for his ability to withstand insane temperatures; bathing in freezing waters for
hours and climbing Mount Everest in just a pair of shorts. Until recently, researchers believed that
it was impossible to control the autonomic nervous system at will, but Wim Hof and others
seem to have unlocked the ability to control their adrenaline and hormones through the
practice of meditation. Multiple personality disorder is when an individual
has two or more personas within their psyche, and these different personas behave and think
very differently. One of the most stunning things about multiple
personality to order is the fact that different personality is within a patient might have
different physical conditions. For example, one personality might need glasses
while the other has normal vision. In some cases one personality might even have
a lazy eye. These differences have been measured and proven
with multiple studies. The nocebo effect is basically the opposite
of the placebo effect; instead of believing that a substance is beneficial, patients believe
that it’s negative or even poisonous and they experience the expected effects as a result. One example would be if a person touches what
they think is poison ivy and they develop a nasty rash, only later did they find out
that it was just a normal plant. Researchers are still trying to figure out
the nocebo effect, but they believe that once again, it’s probably caused by the brain creating
expected results. The effect of our minds on the physical world
is a very interesting and bizarre subject, but above all else, it should reveal the powers
of positive thinking. Maybe the fairy tale lesson was true after
all; if you believe in your dreams they might just come true. Have you experienced any of these effects? Let us know in the comments below.