Anxiety and somatic disorders
Munson also explained how prolonged, unmanaged anxiety can cause the body to produce the symptoms of real physical ailments, even if the condition doesn’t really exist. “These are somatic disorders. This is related to stress. What happens is, the body becomes chronically in a stressful state. That energy does not have anywhere to release. The body starts mimicking a health diagnosis, like strokes, heart conditions, or migraines.” Somatic disorders and the symptoms that come with them impact about five to seven percent of the general population, and it is much more prevalent in women than men.