Our expert says:
If one believed in Freudian slips, your comment about physical complaints "from the age of sick" would probably count as one.
Significant psychological stress, arising for whatever reason, can indeed impair one's immune system and make one more vulnerable to infections, and could be associated with acid reflux ( though being over-weight would also do that ) ; hypothyroidism would be more complex to try to fit into that model.
Do be aware that there is NO good evidence from good research that it is healthy or useful to :dig into the sexual abuse thing", and significant evidence that doin so may extend and prolong the degree and breadth of distress. What is valuable is using methods like CBT to deal with the CURRENT symptoms as such. ONLY efficient attention to the current symptom can relieve it --- years of digging into the theoretically causative events are not likely to relieve it.
Similarly, you are much more likely to be sucessful in losing weight by working on a realistic diet and exercise plan, rather than by exploring a psychological theory as to wh you might have started over-eating.
The body is a body --- it does not "know" things, and hasn't a mind of its own with which to decide to "let us know" anything. It doesn't send an SMS. Some situations contribute to some symptoms, but such "messages" would not be of much use, as they are inevitably mis-read and misunderstood, and delay and complicate the provision of attention to underlying concerns, rather than accelerating that.
Even where psychological factors may play a significant role in producing symptom patterns ( and espeially behaviour patterns wrapped up in those symptoms ) these patterns and cycles easily become habits, which one has to attend to in their own right, even after the originating "causal" factors have burned out or evaporated. It happens in purely physical areas of medicine, too, that a "cause" in itself disappears, leaving a now self-generating and continuing process which must be dealt with in its own right.
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