You've probably heard the expression "you are what you eat." But it can also be said that "you are what you think" or "you are what you feel." The connection between your mind and your body is real. In fact, there is a whole field of scientific study about this connection, called psychoneuroimmunology. The term "psyche" refers to the mind. "Neuro" refers to the brain. And immunology has to do with how your body fights infection and prevents disease.
This connection between your body and your mind goes both ways.
Your mind affects the health of your body, and your body affects the health of your mind.
For example, asthma is a physical condition that makes it hard for a person to breathe and get air. This can make the person feel panicked -- an example of the body affecting the mind. The opposite is when a person with a phobia (an irrational fear) has a panic attack. Their mental state causes difficulty breathing. This is the mind affecting the body.
There are many examples of the mind-body connection. This assessment is designed to help you understand how feelings(like depression, stress, and anxiety), thoughts (about work or your personal life), and emotionally-driven behaviors (like over-eating or working too much) may be affecting you. These factors put you at risk for certain physical symptoms and conditions. Knowing areas where you may be emotionally vulnerable can help you make some changes.
|Reviewed By:||David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.|
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