Amen and Amen (2016) discuss how stress warns that a large amount of stress hormone discharging throughout the human body. The body responds to stress by sending a message to the hypothalamus, a small part at the base of the brain, communicating a warning signal to the body. The need to calm down the discomfort prompts stress eating.
How Prolonged Stress Affects the Body and Stress Eating
Harrison (2017) describes high energy events as situations that drive the mind to a high energy state. Racing tangential thoughts are surpassing executive functioning shifting without thinking to impulsive reacting.
How Surging Hormones Effect The Body
The aftermath of the surging hormones of experiencing a high energy event seems to resolve slowly. The reason the reduction in energy is gradual goes back to primitive humans. After a threatening event, the danger might have continued to lurk. The need for a quick rise in energy surges through the body..
The National Institute of Mental Health (2010-2018) declares that chronic stress can contribute to illness, triggering symptoms of headaches, high blood pressure, chest pain, heart palpitations, skin rashes, and loss of sleep (National Institute of Mental Health 2010-2018)
Psychoanalysis or psychodynamic psychotherapy has been on a developmental path beginning with Freud’s drive theory, moving toward a more relational point of view. The establishment of the Object Relations School, Self- Psychology, Intersubjectivity and most recently mindfulness and neuroplasticity have respected the psychotherapist and client are two separate people in the consulting room interacting both out of their psychology.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Recent studies indicated that particular types of meditation could modify different social and emotional aspects of the brain. At the end of one study, MRI’s revealed that weaker parts of the brain in subjects grew thicker, which matched with increased skill in the target area of the brain.
Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of the exchanges between the immune system and the central nervous system.