Question about physiological effects of stress at the subconscious level

by anon
(TX)

I'll get right to the point. I've had a very stressful year. Divorce, new relationship (along with a new step-family, so to speak), new job... It's definitely been one big change after another. Consciously, I can deal with these things quickly and easily. Much more quickly than average, from what I've gathered from other forums, friends and family, books, and mental health professionals.

I'm not quick to anger, I know how to relax, deal with my problems, etc. Everything I look up about stress is typical advice about how to relax. That's not my issue. I'm plenty relaxed, I'm a generally happy person, and I really have nothing to complain about. Life is actually pretty good right now. The scales seem to be tipped in my favor for the time being.

But for the last few months, my body has begun to do strange things. Spots in my vision (well, one spot, but it's been there for over a month now), sexual performance issues, itchy bumps all over my body (they're pretty minor and tend to go away quickly, only to pop up somewhere else shortly thereafter), and several other things.

Is this some sort of residual emotional stress that is still in my subconscious? And if so, how would I go about dealing with that?

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Dec 24, 2010
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You're welcome!
by: Don

Hi KATHLEEN!!!

Long time no hear from...I missed you! I am glad your back and that you found some useful tools here. Keep in touch and fill us in from time to time!

Don

Dec 22, 2010
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Thank you Don!
by: Kathleen D. Cone

Don,

I read your response and put into practice what you suggested --->

"A simple technique is to just get comfortable, turn your focus inward, meditate to achieve a calm, somewhat relaxed state and ask yourself, "Would the part of me responsible for creating [this symptom] please tell me what your Positive Intention is for signaling me this way?" and/or "What do I need to learn, do, or understand in order to not have [this symptom] anymore?"

As a result, it took only minutes for me to get a profound answer!

"Kathy, Love yourself. Realize your uniqueness to the lives of others" And I found myself falling over on my side, laying on the couch, crying. My subconscious wants me to know how important my life is and it humbled me to the core.

Kathy


Dec 21, 2010
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Rule Out Medical Problems First
by: Don Carter

Great question... I have heard it said that any question that comes to you intuitively is likely to be a statement in disguise. However, I would go to whatever means available to make sure it is not a medical (organic) problem first.

Once the medical side has been explored then it is best to check in with your instinctive mind. There are a lot of techniques designed to "make symptoms go away". However, when and if one does find a way to banish a symptom it usually pops up somewhere else.

This is because symptoms like that are trying to tell us something. I think of it as our "biology trying to speak to our psychology". In other words, a subconscious part of you may have some information for your conscious mind and its trying to get your attention.

We can become skillful at employing techniques that treat the symptom as if it is an annoyance that needs to be chased away when really we first need to communicate with it. We need to find out what it's positive intention is for signaling us this way, then try to meet that need.

A coach or counselor who know approaches like Parts Integration Work, Precision CBT, and/or Ego-State Therapy, to name a few, would be a good place to start.

A simple technique is to just get comfortable, turn your focus inward, meditate to achieve a calm, somewhat relaxed state and ask yourself, "Would the part of me responsible for creating [this symptom] please tell me what your Positive Intention is for signaling me this way?" and/or "What do I need to learn, do, or understand in order to not have [this symptom] anymore?"

Keep coming back and let us know how it goes!

Good luck and God Bless,
Don

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