Mental Health and Physical Health
Depression’s Physical Impact
- Slowed speaking, thinking, or body movements
- Physical aches or pain
- Loss in appetite
- Memory difficulties
How Anxiety Shows Physical Worry
Psychosomatic Disorders – The Merge of Physical and Mental Health
- All physical diseases have mental reactions. For example, if a person needs to undergo surgery, some may feel calm and relatively unaffected; the other may find himself or herself struggling to eat or sleep because he feels so worried about the procedure.
- Mental illness inherently can impact physical health. As mentioned earlier, your mental health can impact your appetite, sleep, or hygiene habits.
- Hypochondriasis – This refers to equating minor symptoms with serious diseases. For example, a person who has a headache may assume that it’s actually a brain tumor. As a result, the person will spend excessive time worried and concerned about their physical health.
- Conversion Disorder – Individuals with this disorder often exhibit symptoms that can’t be explained by a medical condition. In these cases, the body appears to be naturally shifting mental stress into a physical response.
- Somatization Disorder – Experiencing physical symptoms in various parts of the body at different times is somatization. Symptoms often feel highly uncomfortable to unbearable and can include sexual problems, migraines, abdominal pain, bowel problems, and nausea.
- Exercising regularly
- Avoiding alcohol and drugs
- Managing stress
- Getting enough sleep
- Having regular physical check-ups
- Practicing good hygiene
- Engaging in relaxing activities like yoga or taking a walk