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Many people suffer from migraine headaches or stomachaches once in a while. However, if you have these conditions on a frequent basis, it might not be caused by the food you ate or the sensory stimuli to which you were exposed. Anxiety and stress can also cause these conditions, and getting mental healthcare may help. Keep reading to find out how psychotherapy for headaches and stomachaches could provide you with relief.

Change How You Respond to Stress

There’s a direct connection between a stomachache and a headache and mental health. When you’re anxious or depressed, your body develops these physical symptoms. How you react to the pain and the stress caused by pain can be changed with psychotherapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) looks at your thought patterns and helps you get out of negative thought spirals that exacerbate stress and worsen pain.[1]

Increase Relaxation

Stomachaches and headaches may be triggered or worsened by stress and tension.[2] You could relieve pain with psychotherapy by learning techniques for relaxation. Your therapist at Brevard Health Alliance could offer suggestions on relaxation techniques, such as journaling, deep breathing, or creating a worry diary.

Cope With Everyday Stressors

CBT helps you cope with the everyday frustrations and stressors that trigger pain. New research indicates that your stomach has a specialized nervous system, and it’s also responsible for how you feel.[3] Your psychotherapist will guide you in developing healthy coping skills to manage the daily stressors in your life.

If you suffer from headaches or stomachaches, Brevard Health Alliance’s psychotherapists are available to help you find relief from the pain. For more information about how can psychotherapy affect physical health, contact us today.



Psychologist having session with her patient