How Your Mental Health Affects Your Physical Health

Your body is capable not only of thinking and feeling, but it’s also responding to the thoughts and emotions you have. In order to have good physical health, you must also be in a good place mentally. When you’re struggling with the effects of depression, anxiety, or even the daily stresses of life, it has a significant impact on your physical health.

The board-certified medical team at Klarity Clinic offers effective treatments for addressing common mental health issues, like anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to help you achieve total health and wellness.

The mental impact on physical wellness

There are some interesting links between certain mental health conditions and chronic disease that may affect both your short-term and long-term health.

The body responds to stress and mental health issues in a number of ways, creating inflammation, disrupting hormone production, and changing the rate of your heartbeat. Just some of the examples of the mental and physical connection include:

Stomach ulcers

Too much stress and anxiety can trigger inflammation in the lining of your stomach, which leads to chronic and painful stomach ulcers.

Those living with mental health disorders also tend to suffer from a number of gastrointestinal diseases, such as diarrhea, constipation, and acid reflux.

High blood pressure

Stressful life events coupled with the symptoms of chronic depression or anxiety often lead to persistent high blood pressure.

Because high blood pressure shows no symptoms until advanced stages, the condition often goes unnoticed and leads to heart damage, heart attacks, and premature death.

Heart disease

People who are living with chronic mental illnesses may be more likely to develop heart disease because of the increased demand on their bodies from chronic stress.

People who are battling depression may also have an increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition that can also cause heart damage and put you at a higher risk for a heart attack.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is typically an age-related condition in which you progressively lose density in your bones, making them brittle and easy to fracture.

There’s a connection between osteoporosis and underlying medical health conditions, especially concerning schizophrenia. Those with this particular disorder may double their chances for having osteoporosis.

It’s also true that when you have existing chronic health conditions, it can worsen your mental state. People with cancer, heart disease, and other serious health issues tend to develop clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental conditions.

Focusing on both mental and physical health

Treating mental health issues is a vital part of maintaining overall health and wellness. The Klarity Clinic medical team offers effective treatments for a number of mental health conditions, especially if you find other treatments for issues like depression and anxiety aren’t working.

In addition to this treatment, you also need to make the necessary modifications to your life in general. Behavioral and talk therapy are good resources to learn the coping strategies you need to manage daily stress and the side effects of your health conditions.

You should also aim to get fresh air and daily exercise, eat a well-balanced diet, and take time to rest when you’re feeling wiped out. Good sleep habits are important for restoring your mental clarity and physical energy to help you stay focused on being healthy.

If you struggle with depression, anxiety, or PTSD and need treatment, schedule a consultation at Klarity Clinic today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.

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