Many people believe that mental health is ‘all in your head’ but this is not the case. There are many physical symptoms associated with mental health that you should be aware of. When somebody is suffering with their mental health, they usually have a whole host of physical symptoms to deal with, although this may vary from person to person.
If you’ve been struggling lately, you may have noticed some of the physical symptoms below:
Anxiety often comes hand in hand with feeling dizzy. People who live with anxiety every day may feel dizzy in social situations or going into public spaces, but each person has different triggers. Dizziness is a very real physical symptom and may make the person feel like they are going to faint or out of sorts.
Sensitivity to light, along with migraines and headaches are another prominent symptom of mental health issues. Many people end up shutting themselves away in a dark room on bad days, and this isn’t always down to light sensitivity, but it can be in part.
Eye floaters are more common in people who are under mental distress. Stress is also closely linked to eye problems and the development of them, so many people struggling with mental health may begin to notice this strange symptom.
You can take heartburn medicine and make most of this symptom disappear, but the underlying trigger remains. Many people who struggle with their mental health often have heartburn and other kinds of chest pain and issues, such as palpitations.
Sleep disturbances are one of the most difficult symptoms of mental health to deal with. Some people will stay awake all night and sleep all day. They will experience tiredness even if they have done their best to stick to a regular sleep routine. Many people with depression have low energy all the time, and other mental health issues can be to blame, too. They will lay awake at night with their minds racing, wake up throughout the night, and wake up in the morning still feeling groggy and tired.
Change In Appetite
Mental health issues can result in a change in appetite. Somebody may lose their desire to eat completely, or may want to eat more than usual. The most common consensus seems to be that people struggling with their mental health lose weight, but this is not always the case.
Those who suffer with chronic mental illness may end up with thinning hair or bald patches. Hair loss has been associated with stress on many occasions.
Back Pain/Body Aches All Over
Body aches are not always a symptom of exercise or a busy lifestyle. They are often linked to mental health struggles, especially back pain. Pain often increases when struggling with mental health, so you may also find that your pain tolerance is lower.
Stomach Pain And Digestion Issues
Stomach pain and digestion issues are often present in those struggling with their mental health. Some people may suffer from acute stomach pain as soon as they feel under stress.