I came across a defense mechanism called Conversion and it says,
"Conversion is a defence mechanism whereby the anxiety caused by repressed impulses and feelings are ‘converted’ into a physical complaint such as a cough or feelings of paralysis. Freud observed this physical manifestation of anxieties in clients such as Dora, who complained of a cough, losing her voice and feelings resembling appendicitis. Upon investigation, Freud attributed her cough to fixation during the oral stage of psychosexual development, and linked her appendicitis to a “childbirth fantasy”.
So what I am getting from this term is that our repressed feelings and impulses caused by anxiety are converted into a physical attribute which could be anything from paralysis to coughing. This is interesting ****, never even thought about it this way! Could be a possibility for you, and me, I too have several repressed feelings and impulses caused by anxiety/social anxiety which get converted into physical ailments like maybe my sleep deprivation, sleep paralysis, and maybe even the asthma and also maybe even my BFRDs! Now OCD makes alot of sense.
what you think, you create
what you attract, you feel
what you imagine, you become