The body conveys what mind cannot

Published: 08th June 2017 05:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th June 2017 05:26 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

BENGALURU: A week ago I had visited a hospital for destitutes, and I have been falling sick regularly ever since. On the first day, I had nausea and diarrhoea, it continued on the second day. And as I got better after visiting a doctor, every time I think about the patients I saw, I get nausea. I am okay when I don’t think about the what I saw. But when I do, especially when eating, I throw up.

How long will this last?

You have internalised the pain and distress of the destitutes and hence, you have been falling sick.  Body conveys what the mind cannot and you are suffering physical symptoms because you are unalbe to do something which can miraculously change the condiition of the destitute.  There is no sudden diffuse of danger. If you are a professional and you have to make further visit to the place, you need to develop “clinical stamina” to witness what you see.  


I am 65-year-old woman and I live alone. My husband regularly goes out of town and my only daughter is away. I have difficulty sleeping since I feel very lonely and constantly feel someone is watching me. I used to be independent, but I think that age has gotten the better of me. I tried taking sleeping pills, but my daughter won’t allow. Is there a natural home remedy to calm my mind and let myself fall asleep?

Please visit a psychiatrist if you feel that someone is watching you constantly, although there is no one watching you.  You need medical help.  You could have developed anxiety symptoms due to your husband’s regular travel.  You need professional help to get over the negative thoughts.

What is constant in life is change.  When you avoid making appropriate adjustment to the changes, it takes a toll on you.  The natural remedy is adaptation.

Clinical Psychologist Fortis Hospitals Bangalore


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