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3 Surprising Physical Symptoms Caused By Mental Health Issues

3 Surprising Physical Symptoms Caused By Mental Health Issues

The stigma around mental health has lifted in the last few years and now people are having a lot more open discussions about it. That means that most of us are more aware of the symptoms of mental health problems like anxiety and depression and we have a better understanding of how they can affect us and others around us. But a lot of people still don’t realize that mental health problems can also have a lot of serious physical symptoms as well. These are some of the most surprising physical symptoms caused by mental health issues.

Stomach Problems 

There has been a lot of research into the link between your gut health and your mental health recently. Researchers are starting to realize that the bacteria in your gut can have a big effect on your mental health and vice versa. That means that people with mental health issues will often struggle with digestive issues and other stomach problems. On the positive side, it also means that your diet can have a positive impact on your mental health and if you increase your intake of probiotics (the good bacteria in your gut) from foods like yoghurt, it can help your mental health. 

Some people may also experience stomach problems like nausea and constipation as a result of taking antidepressants. If you are taking antidepressants and you think that it may be causing some side effects, you should speak with your doctor and see whether there are alternatives that you could take instead. 

Back Pain 

When people are struggling with anxiety and depression, they carry a lot of tension in their bodies and they’re more likely to slouch over, which can lead to a lot of back pain and tightness in the neck and shoulders. People often don’t realize how tight their muscles are because they get used to it over time. If you notice that you are having problems with your posture and you have a lot of back pain, it may be down to a mental health issue. Yoga can be a big help here because it stretches out your muscles and helps to relieve back pain, and it also relieves stress and helps to manage your mental health at the same time. 

Fatigue 

Fatigue is a more common one but a lot of people don’t understand how intense the physical symptoms can be. A lot of people assume that depression just means having low feelings mentally, but in a lot of cases, people experience severe physical fatigue and they really struggle to find the motivation and energy to do things. This is one of the main reasons that it can be so difficult to break out of that cycle and improve your mental health. It is this physical fatigue that so many people don’t understand and it’s one of the biggest problems that we still have when it comes to lifting the stigma around mental health. 

Mental health problems are not just about anxious thoughts or low feelings, they can have a huge physical impact on the body as well. If you want to look after your mental health, you need to watch out for those physical symptoms as well.

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