Psychosomatics of Stroke

Stroke (acute vascular disaster) is an acute disruption of cerebral circulation, leading to focal brain damage.

There are two types of strokes:

  1. Ischemic stroke (brain infarction) occurs due to the impaired patency of cerebral arteries, leading to prolonged ischemia and irreversible changes in brain tissues in the affected artery’s supply zone.
  2. Hemorrhagic stroke is caused by the pathological rupture of a cerebral vessel with bleeding into cerebral tissues. It is noted that the first type of stroke is characteristic of people aged 55-60, while the second type affects younger individuals (45-55 years old).

Stroke symptoms include:

  • General brain symptoms (headache, vomiting, nausea, consciousness disorder),
  • Sudden weakness in the limbs,
  • Facial asymmetry due to facial muscle spasm,
  • Speech and vision impairment,
  • Swallowing dysfunction,
  • Dizziness,
  • Vomiting,
  • Ataxia (loss of coordination),
  • Seizures on one side of the body,
  • Skin redness,
  • Fainting, etc.

Causes of stroke include: circulatory disorders, ischemic heart disease, myocardial infarction, vascular diseases, changes in brain activity, brain vessel anomalies, thromboembolism, hypertension, atherosclerosis, dyslipidemia, brain artery aneurysm, improper diet (obesity in women), smoking, alcoholism (in men), sedentary lifestyle, stress, etc.

Psychosomatics of Stroke

According to Louise Hay, a renowned author on psychosomatics, the brain symbolizes a computer, a control panel. The brain is the commanding computer on which all human life activity depends. What can disrupt this “computer’s” operation? Psychologists have found that stroke often results from a contradiction between a person’s will and external life circumstances. This unresolved contradiction and endless tension of ‘musts’ (must do this, run there, achieve that, etc.) can cause the brain to “freeze.”

Another cause of stroke is intense jealousy or hatred (when a person internally burns with rage). Some authors explain stroke as a signal of the need to return to reality from self-created illusions.

It is known that the right hemisphere of the brain is connected with intuitive and spiritual aspects of personality (worldview, talents, abstract thinking, self-perception, harmony of spiritual and emotional in a person). The left hemisphere of the brain is responsible for pragmatic and analytical aspects (rational thinking, intellect, logic, learnability). Hence, unresolved issues concerning these aspects of personality can also lead to a stroke.

Psychological Causes of Stroke

Louise Hay explains the occurrence of stroke as a person feeling overwhelmed or unwilling to change: “I’d rather die than change.” Another cause can be the denial of life.

Psychologist Liz Bourbeau sees this ailment as a manifestation of problems with one’s ‘self’, containing beliefs, principles, and attitudes. Conflicts related to them lead to a conflict that destroys the personality, signaling physically with a stroke.

Dr. V. Sinelnikov asserts that the basis of stroke is ‘paralyzing’ jealousy and hatred, especially in men.

Another psychosomatic cause is resistance to the life process and non-acceptance of one’s life and fate. As Sinelnikov writes, with such an attitude toward life, a person has “paralyzed” themselves and doomed to inactivity.

He identified that these individuals are very inflexible, adhering to their long-outdated views of the world. They deny themselves change (preferring to die rather than change their principles). Another cause of stroke may be avoiding responsibility, a situation, or a person when you feel incapable of changing anything.

Often, according to Sinelnikov, the cause of the ailment is deep-seated paralyzing fear, terror. Sometimes a stroke arises as a subconscious need to unite the family. The doctor explains this by the subconscious spilling blood into the brain centers responsible for family well-being.

Another renowned author on psychosomatics, O. Torsunov, asserts that the enemies of the brain are envy, lust, illusion, madness, greed, anger.

Psychologist E. Guskova found that stroke occurs in the recovery phase after intense experiences. For instance, a person struggles to figure out how to solve a life task, and their “brain begins to boil.” If this lasts long, resolving the situation leads to a stroke.

A classic example of prolonged intense mental strain and relaxation is preparing and defending a dissertation, followed by a stroke.

Paths to Healing

Healing includes simultaneous effects on the physical body (vital organ damage requires medical drugs) and on the consciousness and soul.

The first component of the path to healing is clear; let’s focus on the second component. Given that stroke signals internal conflicts, unresolved contradictions, and intense negative experiences, psychologists strongly advise those who have experienced this ailment (or are in a pre-stroke state) to quickly find a way to their inner world.

Why? Because the person was so busy with something for a long time that they neglected their “computer”: not caring for it, not cleaning it, not promptly fixing minor violations in the form of negative thoughts and emotions.

Thus, it is necessary to recall the period preceding the stroke. Trace it from the end to the beginning, what filled this period: what events occurred, what thoughts and feelings the person lived with.

This will allow identifying the psychological cause. And finding the cause, as known, is half the solution to the problem. Then it only requires eliminating the cause. The methods of elimination depend on the nature of the cause and the demands of the person’s soul: realization, forgiveness, repentance, relaxation techniques, hobbies and art therapy, active rest, interaction with nature, etc.

Be sensitive to the requests of your soul and stay healthy!


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