Treating the Whole Person

dreamstime_m_3428950It is often difficult to determine if a condition is physical or mental in origin. Many people will express psychological stress in physical ways, such as abdominal pain, headaches, migraines, nausea or pain in various areas of the body.

Anxiety and depression with associated insomnia can have serious effect on the immune system and puts a person at greater risk of infections if not adequately addressed. A weakened immune system is then unable to fight off infections and diseases.

Stress, worry and fear can lead to a variety of health problems and just as mental and emotional issues can cause physical pain and suffering, the opposite is true. Disease, injuries and illness can lead to medication dependency and addiction with psychiatric side effects.

Psychological and social factors are just as important as biological symptoms and are interconnected and complex.  Even if we could determine whether the cause of a particular condition or disorder is mental/emotional or physical it is most beneficial to treat the whole person.