Having worked at the hospital for almost 2 years now, I have made an observation on the relation pf a person’s mental state and his recuperation process.
Earlier today I had a patient who was not really morbid when he was admitted until days after his admission. It was all in his state of mind. He was very anxious. We started O2 therapy just to cater to his need to breathe well although his sats were okay. When you see him, you see a person not helping himself rather relying on medical care.
I have handled a lot of patients like him in the past. And they did not make themselves worse.
Bottom-line is, when you start helping yourself, your body also starts helping you. I see it a lot in patients who smile a lot; in patients who, despite of their morbidity managed to have a positive disposition. These are the kind of patients who are treating their bodies right.
And with this, I thought about my own life. I thought about the emotional setbacks that might keep a person from achieving success. Fear and anxiety might help push you a little farther but too much would make you trip and fall and experience a somewhat mental fracture that would cause pain and that would need some open-reduction-internal-fixation (fix your inner mind) and some rehabilitation to help you regain strength and walk again.
So, chin up and let your own body do the healing it needs. :)