Mental Health and Physical Health Aren’t Separate Concepts
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- Mental Health and Physical Health Aren’t Separate Concepts
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health New
It’s interesting that in the world of health care there’s a distinction between mental illness and physical illness. Sure, there are reasons for the development of the segregation of mental health and physical health, but in reality, our mental and our physical aspects aren’t separate entities. (Pain of Depression: Physical Symptoms of Depression) The brain is very much a physical part of the body. When problems occur at the neurochemical level of the brain, any one of a variety of mental illnesses may develop; by nature, it’s also a physical illness of the brain.
The “mental” part of mental health challenges refers to the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are affected by any mental illness. The illness, though, is not just mental but physical. The brain is physical, yes. Further, all mental illnesses include physical symptoms, pain or illness anywhere in the body. Every system in the body can hurt because of a mental illness. If you’re experiencing physical illness, of course it’s best to have a doctor check out your symptoms.
Keep in mind that mental health and physical health aren’t completely separate concepts. When we attend to any illness, physical and mental, and tend to every aspect of it, we can regain complete wellness.
Related Articles Dealing with the Relationship between Mental and Physical Health
- PTSD in the Body: The Physical Side of Symptoms
- These Awful Effects of Anxiety Must Stop!
- Anxiety: It’s in Your Head (Your Brain)
- Mental Health Recovery: Understanding Physical Symptoms
Today's Question: What, specifically, have you experienced that points to the connection between mental health and physical health? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.
Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- The Challenges Behind Loving an Alcoholic Personality
- ECT May Have Changed My Life
- Treatment Differences Between Bipolar Depression and Depression
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- The Unique Needs of Men with Addictions (Mental Health Treatment Circle Blog)
- Coping With Adversity and Depression (Coping with Depression Blog)
- Hey Kids and Adults, Play with Sand to Reduce Anxiety (Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog)
- A Sense of Worthiness and Belonging Key to Living a Blissful Life (Living A Blissful Life Blog)
- Being a People Pleaser Because of Bipolar (Breaking Bipolar Blog)
- Why Are Psychiatric Drug Side Effects So Severe? (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- Mental Illnesses That Commonly Occur with Combat PTSD (Understanding Combat PTSD)
- What’s Your PTSD Recovery Program? (Trauma! A PTSD Blog)
- How Social Media Messes With Your Confidence and How Not to Expect Too Much From Yourself (Building Self-Esteem Blog)
- The Stigma of Side Effects of Having a Mental Illness (Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog)
- Being Body Positive When You Have Binge Eating Disorder (Binge Eating Recovery Blog)
- Why is Self-Injury So Prevalent in Borderline (BPD)? (Speaking Out About Self-Injury Blog)
- A Story of Bipolar Denial (Your Mental Health Blog)
- Avoid Future-Tripping When You Have Anxiety (Treating Anxiety Blog)
- Exercise and Your Mental Health (Mental Health for the Digital Generation Blog)
- Using Phone Apps In Your Eating Disorder Recovery (Surviving ED Blog)
- Infidelity and Mental Illness Impacts Romantic Relationships (Relationships and Mental Illness Blog)
- The Challenges Behind Loving an Alcoholic Personality and Amy Winehouse, Alcoholism, and Support Systems (Debunking Addiction Blog)
- Schizophrenia and What a Psychotic Episode is Like (Creative Schizophrenia Blog)
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- Depressed Females Have Over-Active Glutamate Receptor Gene
- Study Finds Autism, ADHD Run High In Children Of Chemically Intolerant Mothers
- Parents' Preconception Exposure To Environmental Stressors Can Disrupt Early Development
- Frequent Travel Is Damaging To Health And Wellbeing, According To New Study
- Picky Eating Linked To Underlying Psychological Problems In Children
- SSRI Use During Pregnancy Lowers Risk Of Premature Birth
- 'Brain Training' App Could Improve Lives Of People With Schizophrenia
That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:
- circle HealthyPlace on Google+,
- follow HealthyPlace on Twitter
- follow HealthyPlace on Pinterest
- or become a fan of HealthyPlace on Facebook.
Last Updated: 05 August 2015
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD