Tuesday 10th October 2017 marks World Mental Health Day. The link between mental and physical health is often overlooked, if one is struggling usually the other will be impacted in some way. Personally, I found as my physical health worsened depressive thoughts and anxiety increased.
Links Between Physical and Mental Health
Poor health either mental or physical will impact the other negatively. Untreated physical health problems result in shorter life expectancy and this is no different when it comes to mental health.
Whilst discussing physical health problems is perfectly acceptable it is still quite taboo to discuss mental health. Yet, the impact is just as serious. The “whole-person” approach considers the impact of both internal and external factors in treating mental health problems.
My Personal Experience
Although I have not dealt with any serious mental health issues I have definitely encountered problems with anxiety.
Luckily for me, I have an amazing support system and a compassionate care team who listen to me and take me seriously. This is often not the case for many. On high pain days, especially, everything can become so overwhelming. Without access to medication and people to talk to it is easy to see how depression and suicidal thoughts can take hold.
I openly speak about my physical health problems in real life and on the internet. I post about it a lot both here on the blog and on Youtube. However, I’m not sure if I would be so open and confident if my illness was not considered socially “acceptable” or even “dangerous”.
Health is health, whether physical or mental and it should be treated with compassion and care regardless of the issue.
Have you encountered problems with Mental Health and is this something you openly speak about? Let me know in the comments below or on social media.