Is Your Unhappiness Making you Sick?

sad-womanUNhappiness, as defined by the dictionary, stands for the feeling of not being happy; sadness, sorrow, dejection, depression, misery, wretchedness, despondency, despair, desolation, glumness, gloom, gloominess, dolefulness; melancholy, low spirits, mournfulness, woe, malaise, heartache, distress, chagrin, grief, pain, agony, anguish, torment, suffering, tribulation; the feeling of not being satisfied or pleased with a situation. (You can choose your favorite).

Described in a Life language manner and “dressed up” with some clothes, unhappiness means a lot of other things: marriage or relationship dissatisfaction, job intolerance, chronic stress, illness, lack of companionship, bitterness, financial problems,  problematic kids, whining parents, cruel co-workers, you name it...But how it is connected with your health? Do you believe that all this has no connection whatsoever on how your immune system reacts and what it does? Let’s think again…

daisy-flower-close-upI’ve always believed in the hypothesis that mind and body are connected and most of our diseases are psychosomatic, meaning that there is a relation between the mental and emotional states and the physical symptoms. I have a good reason for this belief, because most of my life I’ve been a body psychotherapist and practically studied people’s diseases and where they come from for a living. I have researched the applied extensively the work of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen and I have found a good support of their findings on a very practical level.

I know for sure that unhappy people do get sick with physical disorders more often than the happy do and that specifically pertains to autoimmune disorders.

Many people with hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, for example, suffer from depression. It is widely assumed that this depression is caused by the abnormal levels of thyroid hormones. Is this true though? How about vice-versa, i.e.  the depression caused the thyroid dis-balance?

Scientifically speaking, there are few scientific researches on the connection between overall life satisfaction, happiness and autoimmune disorders. This correlation is important to be acknowledged and investigated in sense of prevention and successful treatment of autoimmune disorders, and not only Graves’ Disease, but other autoimmune disease like Diabetes type 1, Rheumatoid arthritis or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Vitiligo and in rare cases Lupus syndrome. In many cases, I’ve seen people suffering from more than one autoimmune disorder. Why is that, I thought?

I am not the first one asking myself this question. Many  research studies in the past covered the connection between general well-being and other diseases, including, but not limited to spinal cord injury, snoring, obesity, osteoporosis, Turner’s syndrome, cardiovascular disease and migraine, however, not enough studies have explored their connection with the autoimmune disorders.

For the purposes of studying Unhappiness and thyroid disorders I have prepared some researches for you, which undoubtedly prove that the better you feel, the more healthy you are. It can also give you some ideas on how to handle “unhappiness” or do things that can make you more happy. Click on the link below to read more:

Unhappiness and Thyroid Disorders

And as always, if you want to share your experience or thoughts, do not hesitate to do so below!

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