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Allergy as a psychosomatic disorder? [HELP]

Postby QueenBeez » Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:12 am

Hello, I wanted to ask if somebody has allergy of some sort and has seen a psychiatrist/psychologist/psychotherapist and discovered it was psycho-somatic?

I have spring allergy but it lasts in the summer too, so I don't know how to call it. I started to wander if it's maybe psychosomatic. As a psychologist I want to share my thoughts and experience with you and I would appreciate if you shared yours.

I am defensive, little narcissistic, so I do not react well to criticism, or at least I didn't before. So I read that if allergies are psychosomatic, that you defend yourself from things in your environment just like you would from people and their words.

Any thoughts on this? Maybe the same experience?
I am planning to talk about this with my therapist, so I will let you know how the story ends 8)

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Re: Allergy as a psychosomatic disorder? [HELP]

Postby Akuma » Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:59 pm

My therapist had psychosomatic eczema when he was in the process of moving out from home.
I've had a lot of psychosomatic things, vertigo, headaches, tummy aches and also asthma and eczema. When teenager my allergies were pretty crazy as they switched almost weekly, some triggers disappearing, others appearing etc, different animals, hay fever from different plants etc.
I can not give any [theoretical] detail though on how or why they appeared and I have tbh not read too much about it, but there are some basic correlations that would probably be obvious to you as a psychologist anyways, like unable-to-breath etc. The allergy problem has practically completely subsided nowadays. I am now in a practically totally emotional blocked mode though so my somatization is now migraines and psychogenic ticks / seizures.
But yea, its possible. Theres a wide array of diseases one can have that can be psychosomatic.
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Re: Allergy as a psychosomatic disorder? [HELP]

Postby QueenBeez » Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:18 am

Thank you for your answer.
I am aware it is very possible to be psychosomatic... it's just that sometimes it seems impossible to have these allergic reaction and that they are all psychosomatic. So it's probably little bit of both, I have predisposition to react like this and plus stress.
Anyways, I noticed I don't have a. reactions when I work out a lot or when I am relaxed, which is normal I guess - my body is more relaxed, I am relaxed etc.

Regarding your state - do you go to therapy? I believe there are some types of psychotherapies that can help you. I am here if you need information :)
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Re: Allergy as a psychosomatic disorder? [HELP]

Postby Akuma » Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:35 pm

QueenBeez wrote:Thank you for your answer.
I am aware it is very possible to be psychosomatic... it's just that sometimes it seems impossible to have these allergic reaction and that they are all psychosomatic. So it's probably little bit of both, I have predisposition to react like this and plus stress.
Anyways, I noticed I don't have a. reactions when I work out a lot or when I am relaxed, which is normal I guess - my body is more relaxed, I am relaxed etc.


Well if you look at psychosomatics and conversion disorder theres a huge list of hard-to-believe symptoms and in addition we mostly don't even have [neurological/encannabinoid] theories about how these transformations come to be. In any event though, when you already suspect stress to be an issue then of course - cough cliché tip - stress-reduction techniques might be a good first step ^^. And its never a bad idea to try to figure out as much about one's mind as possible.

Regarding your state - do you go to therapy? I believe there are some types of psychotherapies that can help you. I am here if you need information :)


I'm in CBT for a year now and about to abort it because it seems useless. Want to switch to psychodynamic / -analytic therapy. Long waiting lists of course, but that's always a problem.
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Re: Allergy as a psychosomatic disorder? [HELP]

Postby QueenBeez » Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:50 am

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