Stress Illness


Stress is the effect on our body, produced by the demands we put on it. It can be perceived as good or bad. Therefore it has physical and psychological elements to it. If anything or anyone has too much pressure or demand placed on them, for too long, there will be adverse effects on physical and emotional health. This is when we start to see Stress Illnesses occur. They can present in a variety of different ways and cause very real pain and in many cases fatigue. The symptoms will often baffle medical professionals, with a number of tests and investigations often being performed, and specialists, doctors and holistic remedies being sought. Diagnoses are given to groups of symptoms, but often no treatments are available as the underlying causes are not well recognised by mainstream medicine as yet. This is not due to lack of research or evidence. It is just that it can take a long time for new approaches to become well known.

Stress Illness can also be know by many other names; Psychophysiological Disorder (PPD), Tension Myoneural Syndrome (TMS) or Mindbody Syndrome (MBS). Whatever you call it, there are a number of ways to recognise it. Symptoms that have lasted for more than 6-8 weeks are likely to be Stress Illness, unless there is evidence of an ongoing infection, fracture, cancer or autoimmune condition. This is because an acute injury or infection is likely to heal or recover in that time span. If it has not then the physical sensations that remain (that may well still be experienced as pain) will be using the established neural pathway to the brain. In imaging studies it has been shown that there is more activity in the region of the brain associated with the body part where the pain is sensed in the first few weeks. But after approximately six weeks the activity is much more pronounced in the emotional centre of the brain.

There are times that sensations or other symptoms are produced without an initiating injury or illness. In all cases symptoms are seen to be a signal to bring attention to something, either in the here and now, or the past. Thus it is based on the understanding that pain is produced as a warning sign, from the brain, that something is needing attention. In the short-term this can be due to physical injury or illness that needs medical attention. However, if symptoms become chronic i.e. lasting more than 8 weeks, the body has physically healed and the signal is created to inform us of unresolved emotional content that requires attention. If the underlying cause is not adequately addressed then the pain/symptom continues. Other symptoms (itching, burning sensations, bloating, aches, anxiety, depression etc.) may also occur as the brain tries to draw attention to unresolved issues. This is why it is difficult for medical professionals to diagnose and treat Stress Illnesses. This then adds to the anxiety and stress of living with the many misunderstood and invisible symptoms caused by Stress Illness.


Here's a list of some of the symptoms, syndromes and conditions classed as Stress Illnesses:

  • Abdominal pain

  • Allergies/hay fever

  • Anxiety symptoms or panic attacks

  • Back, neck or other aches and pains

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Constipation or diarrhoea

  • Depression

  • Eczema

  • Eating disorders

  • Fatigue/tiredness/lethargy

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Food intolerances

  • Frequent infections e.g. bladder, thrush, chest, ear

  • Hiatus hernia or heartburn/reflux

  • Hyperventilation or shortness of breath

  • IBS/colitis/spastic colon

  • Insomnia

  • Irritable Bladder

  • Low BP

  • ME/CFS

  • Migraines

  • Nausea

  • Numbness, itching, burning, tingling

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

  • Palpitations, rapid heart rate

  • Panic Disorder

  • Phobias

  • Pelvic Pain

  • Post-Natal Depression/Illness

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • POTS

  • Raynaud’s disease

  • Restless leg Syndrome

  • Repetitive cough

  • Repetitive Strain Injury

  • Self-harm

  • Stomach – ulcers, reflux, heartburn etc

  • Swallowing difficulties or gagging

  • Tendonitis

  • Tension headache

  • Tinnitus

  • Ulcer symptoms

  • Undiagnosed chest pain

  • Vertigo/dizziness

  • Verrucas

  • Vomiting

  • Warts

I know how lonely and frustrating having these symptoms felt. I've been where you are. The good news is, I found a way to conquer my symptoms and regain my life. I have now trained in the SIRPA approach to enable me to help others to break free as well. I can offer this to you as one-to one individualised sessions. Or as a comprehensive                        , which you can take at your own pace, with or without additional individualised sessions. If you'd like me to teach you how to use this approach to say goodbye to pain and frustration and hello to a new future,                   for a free 30-minute telephone consultation to see if the SIRPA approach is suitable for you.

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Stress Illness Consultation
30 min

Evolve Psychotherapy offers therapy for depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain and stress illnesses (TMS/PPD/MBS) online and in person.

Various appointments available

1 Jackson Close Bradwell Great Yarmouth NR31 9FY 

 07785 951846