I've been diagnosed a psychosomatic blushing, but what does it mean psychosomatic? What is meant by psychosomatic illness?
Psychosomatic means a mind-body illness; an illness where emotional
factors produce physical symptoms.
These arise mainly from overactivity of one of the parts of the nervous
system called the autonomic nervous system, which is influenced by the
emotional state of the individual.
For instance, chronic blushing may be due to feelings of guilt, and the
mechanism of this condition is that small blood vessels in the face
dilate as a result of a nervous overactivity, an inflammation follows,
and the death of some cells results in the development of a rash.
The same mechanism of a blushing can occur also in the bowel; here the
pathologic process is the same, resulting in ulcerative colitis, that is
a serious inflammatory disease of the bowel.
Other pathologic conditions that are thought to be psychosomatic include
asthma, migraine, urticaria, hay fever, peptic ulcer, hyperthyroidism, and
several skin conditions. (Not yet proved!)
IMPORTANT: That a disorder is partly or wholly psychosomatic does
mean that it is all an imagination, it is a real illness and can even sometimes be very serious.