Mind-body connectionMMind-body connectionMind-body connectionEnglishPsychiatryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANervous systemNAAdult (19+) CaregiversNA2019-01-07T05:00:00Z9.5000000000000056.5000000000000573.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>The mind-body, or brain-body, connection is the link between a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour and their physical symptoms. Find out the role that this connection plays in your child's or teen's health.</p><h2>How the brain connects with the rest of the body</h2><p>The brain and body are connected through neural pathways made up of neurotransmitters, hormones and chemicals. These pathways transmit signals between the body and the brain to control our everyday functions, from breathing, digestion and pain sensations to movement, thinking and feeling.</p><h2>​Key points</h2><ul><li>All physical symptoms have an emotional element; for example, when we feel pain, we feel it physically, psychologically and emotionally.<br></li><li>The emotional cortex is the part of the brain that deals with emotions, and this gets activated when our bodies face a stressful situation, turning on the fight, flight or freeze response.</li><li>The fight, flight or freeze response causes the body to release stress hormones, which can produce physical symptoms.</li></ul><p>The following video can be used to help manage unwanted thoughts, feelings and sensations:</p><p> <a href="https://teens.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=3779&language=English&hub=mentalhealthAZ#mentalhealth">Being with all of your experiences</a><br></p>





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