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The Effects Mental Health Can Have on Our Physical Bodies

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Mental health can have a huge impact on your brain, personality, and mood. But what about the often less discussed and less explored effects that depression or anxiety can have on our physical bodies? Symptoms like exhaustion, side pain, migraines, and stomach aches are all common signs people with mental illnesses experience.

If you’d like to learn more about the effects mental health can have on our physical bodies, keep reading.

What Happens to Our Bodies?

When we are sick, our bodies work with us to let us know that something is wrong. It’s how we know when to take medicine, visit a doctor, or get in bed to rest. The same is absolutely true for mental illness.

Here are some of the most common physical signs of mental illness:

  • Lower energy levels.
  • Irregular bowel syndrome.
  • Constipation.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Less pain tolerance.
  • Aching muscles.
  • Back pain.
  • Nausea.
  • Cramping.
  • Stomach aches.
  • Tense muscles.
  • Sore throat.
  • Tooth pain.
  • Increased sweating.
  • Rashes.
  • Twitches.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Dizziness.
  • Headaches.
  • The inability of the eyes to focus.
  • Numbness in the body.

It’s important to listen to your body if you are experiencing any of these uncomfortable and irritating physical symptoms. Reach out to your primary care physician or your psychiatrist to work together to ease the pain.

The Atlanta Center for Medical Research was founded in 1982 by Dr. Robert A. Riesenberg and is now one of the largest and most respected medical research institutions in the country. If you’re interested in participating in any of our many mental illness studies, click here to sign up today!

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