Psycho-Neuro-Inmuno-Endocrinology PNIE & Stress
Have you gone to the doctor and left feeling awkward? Have you ever felt your doctor cannot understand you? Symptoms come from peripheral and central organic processes. Disease-based medicine has focused on peripheral triggers, such as the injury or damage of an organ or tissue. Only recently have Psycho-neuro-inmuno-endocrinology theorists develop an understanding of central somatic triggers. Central alterations may result in increased production, perception, and intensity of somatic symptoms. One key finding is the activation of brain inflammatory neuroimmune pathways or activation of the brain cytokine system; the enteroception; the somatic amplification and the central sensibility.
Our bodies are permanently managing diverse environmental and internal factors to maintain balance, stability and continuity. Our belief system is key at the time of interpreting whether an event is threatening or not, whether we pay attention or let it go, whether we accept or deny the existence of an element. How we see our world is the first step to managing stress.
Have you ever felt your doctor cannot understand you?
Many suffer from inexplicable conditions for years. They feel helpless, like their doctors cannot understand them. Their symptoms do not follow classic medical illness typology. So, they leave the doctor’s office with a pad on the shoulder as if their symptoms were nothing but emotional suffering. In reality, we are all constantly experiencing more than one emotion. We are emotional beings, even when we try to turn coherent the many contradictory factors, roles and demands happening at once in our life.
Some symptoms are not clear, multidisciplinary PNIE work can help where others have failed
Selyee (1907-1982) borrowed the word stress from an engineer friend. Stress is a physical quantity that expresses the internal forces that neighboring particles of a continuous material exert on each other, while strain is the measure of the deformation of the material (Unionpedia). Stress is the activation of inflammatory neuroimmune system for proper adaptation, while distress means such adaptation is becoming overpowering and unhealthy. Our body is constantly managing diverse environmental and internal factors to maintain healthy balance. Our view of the world is a key starting point.
By, Dr. L. Roth, PsyaD
Last year I had different clients complaining about isolation and experiencing difficulties in their attempt to connect with others. Cigna reported that the new generation was suffering from loneliness as no other generation before. It is interesting to see how the pandemic came right at the apogee of our individuality.
Social distance is a signifier that cuts across all social practices. As a distance that involves staying far the phobic object. Is 6ft enough? How do we measure that distance? The social distance required by biological transmission becomes an impossible ideological distancing that may give way to social control in the name of safety. It may install a surveillance practice as a way of managing the anxiety, our fear of dying.
Our subjectivity has been reduced to a body that makes us vulnerable and that puts our lives at risk. We have been covered by masks. At the point of fright, we reach out to technology. I am concerned about the technological assistance of denying the presence of our bodies to reach virtual presence. Technology is increasingly used with its positive and negative effects. It allows for some type of relationship while also keeping record. I am concerned about the technological assistance to the denial of our bodies that increases our virtual persona.
Since the development of the penicillin, medicine has defy death. We now live 30-40 years longer than our previous generations. We have distanced so much from death and dying, we have forgotten about it. We have forgotten about it until Covid-19 made it evident. How do we practice social distancing in the intersection between the exercise of our basic freedoms, the safety regulations and the need for human touch (of bodies in close contact)?
..And also, how is the pandemic affecting the development of children growing up in that sanitized, sterilized space created by social distancing?Learn More