Far too often mental health is not considered a part of good physical health. However, proper mental health may be the most important part of your health care plan. Even if you look only at one mental disease, depression, in this case, you will find that a great many physical health problems are caused and can only be cured by mental health.
A great many physical symptoms that you might not even go to your regular doctor for may actually need to be treated by a psychiatrist. The following are all real and proven symptoms of depression:
- Trouble Sleeping
- Change in Appetite
- Muscle Aches
- Lack of energy
Each of these physical symptoms is, unfortunately, also indicative of the common cold, the flu, and many allergies. If you take over the counter medication to hide the symptoms, you may actually be ignoring the symptoms of a chemical imbalance in your brain that causes depression. Confusing those symptoms allows your depression to get progressively worse until you finally start manifesting the more recognizable emotional and mental symptoms.
Mental Health & The Hidden Risks
Very few of us realize that depression also has many hidden symptoms that can greatly increase your risksof dangerous health problems. For example, studies have shown that the majority of people who suffer from depression also have extremely weak immune systems, are at much higher risk of cardiovascular disease, and are more likely to develop diabetes.
On top of all of that, the emotional and mental problems that accompany depression also make it exceedingly hard for you to remember and follow doctor’s directions for physical issues, making even routine treatments seem impossible and greatly increasing the risks of further disease and symptoms. According to Columbia University, depression greatly increases the chance of death after having a heart attack, a deadly example of the depression’s hidden risks to your physical health.
Everyday life is where depression does the most damage, however. Muscles are easily injured as you try to “soldier through” and can not tell the difference between the constant ache and the ache that warns that you are doing damage to yourself while changes in appetite can make your weight fall or rise swiftly and well beyond healthy norms.
Not enough sleep and energy drain make you weak and effect your ability to concentrate and make decisions. It only takes one wrong decision to ruin almost everything you do – a meal becomes inedible, a car gets wrecked, a child or pet gets sick or injured.
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