Understand how Anxiety Influences Infection
I deal with various anxiety sufferers in my line of work, people from all walks of life. These patients often approach me asking whether certain symptoms may be caused by anxiety; sometimes they refuse believing that something as apparently unrelated to their feelings as an infection can be the result of anxiety disorder. But you know what?
From my experience, I've found that usually when a person suspects that a symptom is caused by anxiety, it usually is. Additionally, there's a pattern I've observed in all these years of practice- when anxiety is responsible for a symptom, it may sometimes be tricky to treat the symptom unless the person accepts this potential causality.
Why is that? Simply because when a symptom is caused by anxiety, it will tend to get worse the more someone worries and obsesses about it. Needless to say, it can be challenging for a person suffering from this kind of disorder to control their negative feelings, so sometimes a simple infection can get out of hand all too easily until the patient starts looking at their problem in the right perspective.
As such, I usually recommend patients to consult with a medical doctor and get a full check-up to determine whether something is wrong with their body. This is an important first step in anxiety management, since it can help appease the emotions of the patient, and thus make it easier to control the disorder and its symptoms.
It's actually fairly normal for a patient suffering from anxiety to get carried away when experiencing an ear infection or urinary infection, for example. What might be otherwise a simple problem with little consequences can be vastly exacerbated by underlying anxiousness, and the symptom can be totally blown out of proportion.
People never cease to be amazed with how deeply and quickly their physical condition can be influenced by their feelings and mental states, but this is something that anxiety sufferers eventually get all too familiar with, unless they learn how to eradicate the stressors from their lives, which build up together to source anxiety issues.
If you've already talked with your doctor and he told you that you should me more concerned with your anxiety rather than obsessing over a simple infection, at least you know what will be the right course of action. There are several lifestyle adjustments that you can adopt, that will contribute to increase your well-being and alleviate your anxiety. You can find more details in this very website, but as a general rule you should integrate activities in your daily routine that help you keep your mind at ease, as well as making sure you get increased physical activity.