chapter  9
Working with psychosomatic distress and developmental trauma: a clinical illustration
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In this chapter I will be talking about psychosomatic distress and how the body can provide a vital resource for the therapy. At base psychosomatic distress refers to unresolved or poorly regulated emotional arousal levels which have a detrimental influence on the main systems of the body such as the immune, hormonal and respiratory systems and of course the ANS (autonomic nervous system). This can lead to a whole range of psychosomatic conditions or medically unexplained symptoms (somatoform disorders), ranging from severe headaches, fatigue, backaches and gastric problems to chest or abdominal pains and respiratory problems. And we can include anxiety disorders and depression here too.