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 -- and it 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. This can make the person feel panicked -- an example of the body affecting the mind. When a person with a phobia (an irrational fear) has a panic attack, their feelings make it hard to breathe. This is the mind affecting the body.
There are many examples of the mind-body connection. This assessment can 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 where you may be emotionally vulnerable can help you make some changes.
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|Reviewed By:||Timothy Rogge, MD, Medical Director, Family Medical Psychiatry Center, Kirkland, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.|
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