Psychophysiological Disorders (PPD)

Psychophysiological Disorders (PPD) is the clinical term for mind-body symptoms. PPD are physical conditions, and pain symptoms in the body, that develop in response to stress, trauma, and other psychological factors. These mind-body symptoms can affect almost any structure, organ system or region of the body. 

It consists of chronic or persistent pain, and other symptoms that are not caused by organic diseases or structural abnormalities. Rather, they are produced by neural circuits in the brain that activate the fight or flight response, which is also called the stress response, and as a consequence produce symptoms and painful experiences that are very real.

All of us have ever experienced a psychophysiological disorder in its most banal form, when, for example, when we feel ashamed, we have reddened, blushed. Or when feeling tension due to a test or exam, or bad news, we have noticed a knot in the stomach, this shows how emotional perceptions, that is, something of the psychic order is manifested in the body. The other way around it can also happen, something like changing the biochemistry when we drink alcohol, it turns a shameful person into a shameless one. In this case something physical gives an emotional response.

In the case of Psychophysiological Disorder, we are talking about learned neural pathways that produce changes in the brain, which are clearly observed on a functional MRI, which means that the resulting symptoms are generated in the brain and not “in your head”.

The symptoms are very real and can be chronic and debilitating, but the good news is that they are also benign and curable. And how to reverse them is what this approach that is exposed here is about.

Conditions such as fibromyalgia, migraine, irritable bowel, chronic fatigue, and pelvic pain syndromes, are just a few of the very real chronic pain conditions that can be diagnosed as PPD. In fact, you may be surprised by just how many different symptoms are actually mind-body disorders.

After years of clinical research, there is now evidence that many of these mind-body symptoms (previously thought to be incurable) can be relieved and even cured without surgery, physical therapy or medication. With an evidence-based approach to diagnosis and treatment, sufferers can achieve relief from their chronic pain.