Coronavirus: how stress affects us as human beings

Many people experience one or more shocking events in their lives. What is perceived as a shocking event differs from person to person. There are people who eventually come to terms with the loss of a teenage daughter, while others become deeply depressed after losing their job. The fact is that far-reaching events can completely turn people’s lives upside down. The coronavirus pandemic, with all the uncertainties it entails, is currently a huge source of stress in society. It is causing an overdose of shocking experiences. Ranging from losing a loved one to having to close the family business that has traded successfully for five generations. So stress is very much the unifying factor in our society at present. And it is exactly that stress that creates the ideal conditions for a burnout. Fortunately, human resilience is an effective weapon in the struggle against stress. 

Resilience and mental toughness

Resilience in combination with mental toughness means that many people regain control of their lives after a relatively short period of time. In general, people eventually succeed in returning to their former level of competence and function. Unfortunately, some people do not possess the degree of mental toughness and resilience required to overcome all the stress they experience. In a small group, the symptoms of a burnout can develop into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And PTSD can in turn lead to the development of autoimmune diseases. When this happens, the immune system is subjected to so much pressure due to stress that it weakens. As a result, the body may develop an intolerance to a certain substance. The body usually reacts with a variety of atypical complaints, varying from abdominal pain and tinnitus to concentration problems and extreme fatigue. 

Intolerance test

At the Functional Neurology Institute, we have acquired significant knowledge and expertise in relation to the complex phenomenon of autoimmune diseases. In general, we see that the effects of autoimmune diseases are severely underestimated. As is the importance of a balanced diet. Failure to diagnose an autoimmune disease in good time may result in people degrading to an extent where they can no longer function at all. In most cases, an intolerance test provides a clear answer. In the aftermath of all the shocking events caused by the coronavirus pandemic, explosive growth in PTSD and autoimmune diseases seems highly probable. So we urge you to take good care of yourself and your loved ones. Focus on the positive things in life and seek help immediately if you suspect an autoimmune disease.  

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