A psychosomatic illness is one in which a bodily ailment is, at least in part, attributable to emotional factors. The role of anxiety and its emotional derivatives is a key concept of psychosomatic medicine and clinical studies have shown the temporal relation between the course of a patient's disease and the emotional vicissitudes of his life. In psychosomatic illnesses, the anxiety associated with a stressful situation is generally unconscious, but the physical repercussions of the emotion occur just the same.
In every society the pressure exerted by family and friends contributes to maintain the global functional status quo of the whole. A "well integrated" education will mean that we have learned to cover up our tension and stress. The only acceptable problems are the physical symptoms and the diseases. The patient is forced into his bed, helpless victim of the disease, surrendering to his unlucky fate.